Colorado man sentenced to 60 years for child exploitation in Guatemala

Englewood, Colorado: 64-year-old Alvaro Castillo will likely spend the remainder of his life in federal prison after he was sentenced on Monday, April 26 to 60 years in prison for production, transportation, and possession of child pornography.


He was additionally ordered to pay $33.586.89 in restitution. Should Castillo be released, he will serve a lifetime of supervised release.


Castillo was convicted by a federal jury on November 18, 2020 of three counts of production of child pornography, one count of attempted production of child pornography, one count of transportation of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.


Citing trial evidence, the statements released by the Department of Justice state that Castillo traveled to his native country of Guatemala in May 2018 and there "video-recorded himself sexually abusing a 13-year-old victim who was sleeping. Evidence from that video identified Castillo as the abuser."


During a search of the vehicle Castillo was driving at the U.S.-Mexico boarder, law enforcement officers found child pornography.


“Alvaro Castillo recorded himself committing unspeakable crimes against a defenseless child in a foreign country,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The department is committed to identifying and prosecuting transnational offenders like Alvaro Castillo, and today’s sentence will protect children in Guatemala and the United States from such predatory behavior.”


“Child victimization is a crime that knows no borders and HSI, as a global investigative agency, is committed to working with its domestic and international partners to stop these criminals from exploiting innocent children anywhere in the world,” said Special Agent in Charge Erik P. Breitzke for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) El Paso. “We may not be able to undo the damage done, but sentences such as today’s serve to hold child predators accountable and, we hope, help the victims heal.”