Florida man sentenced to 150 years for sexual exploitation of children

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

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Thursday, September 3, U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced Edgar Johan Diaz-Colon to 150 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting children. The Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood reports that he pleaded guilty to charges on April 22, 2020, but evidently due to COVID, no press release for that event was issued.

 

As preciously reported, 34-year-old Diaz-Colon was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on November 6, 2019 on a warrant issued for failure to appear for a drug charge from earlier in the year.

 

Two days later he was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of promotion of sexual performance by a child.

 

"According to court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, in 2018 and 2019, Diaz-Colon sexually abused three young children. Two of the victims (who were then six and seven years old) lived near Diaz-Colon, and he lured them to the studio where he was staying. There, on multiple occasions, he repeatedly raped the children and forced them to perform sex acts on him. Diaz-Colon video-recorded some of those incidents. He also hit at least one of the children with a belt and taped her mouth shut when she cried for help. Diaz-Colon threatened to kill the child if she told her parents about his abuse.

 

The third victim was three years old when Diaz-Colon had abused her. In at least one instance, he video-recorded himself molesting the child."

 

Diaz-Colon is in custody at the John E Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County, Florida.

Edgar Diaz-Colon [Image credit: John E Polk Correctional Facility]

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