PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Luis Perez Rodriguez, 34, of Allentown, PA, was sentenced to 120 years of in prison and a lifetime of supervised release by United States District Court Judge Joshua D. Wolson for his convictions on multiple child exploitation offenses.
In December 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to four counts each of manufacturing and distributing child pornography. The charges stemmed from Rodriguez’ sexual abuse of two pre-pubescent children, aged 3 and 10 years old, and his recording of the abuse of each child. The defendant then distributed those images and videos over the internet to groups of other child sex offenders, and encouraged those offenders to redistribute them further to even more people on the internet. The defendant also solicited tips on what kind of child exploitation images to produce from other members of chat groups focused on creating such horrific illicit material. The videos and images not only depicted Rodriguez’ sexual abuse of each child, but also showed the faces of each child victim. The defendant was arrested in May 2020, shortly after distributing the child exploitation images to an online chat where one of the participants was an undercover FBI agent.
“Rodriguez sexually assaulted two very young children and then distributed images of those assaults online, where they will exist indefinitely,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “For that depravity, this defendant will now spend more than a lifetime in prison; securely confined and unable to victimize any more children. Our Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to doing the difficult work of investigating and prosecuting these heinous crimes in order to hold people like Rodriguez accountable.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brittany Jones.