Man sentenced to 27 years in child pornography and murder for hire case

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.

Burlington, Vermont: A statement issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont to the Project Safe Childhood website announced the sentencing of 38-year-old Sean Fiore to 27 years in prison on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.


According to the statement Fiore had plead guilty to the charges against him of murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap and murder a person overseas, conspiracy to produce child pornography, and possession of child pornography.


U. S. District Judge Christina Reiss additionally assigned lifetime supervised release and ordered Fiore pay an unspecified amount of restitution to nine victims as well as a $400 special assessment.


We first reported on Fiore's case in September 2020 after a press release was published to the Project Safe Childhood website indicating that a third superseding indictment had been issued in his case which brought the new charges of murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap and murder a person overseas, and additional charges of possession of child pornography. The details contained in that article may be triggering to some so discretion is advised.


In the statement concerning his sentencing, United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest said, "It's difficult to imagine more depraved conduct than that of Sean Fiore."


"The defendant paid for and scripted unspeakably vile and horrific videos of a child being tormented, and an adult sadistically abused," Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department's Criminal Division explained.


Special Agent in Charge Matthew Hillhollin for Homeland Security Investigations in New England weighed in saying, "Fiore committed some of the darkest, most heinous deeds humanity can imagine. Today's sentence ensures that he will be locked away, unable to repeat the depraved crimes he has admitted to. We are grateful to our partners here in Vermont and around the world who worked tirelessly alongside us to investigate and prosecute this case."


The woman Fiore is believed to have conspired with in Columbia, 39-year-old Moraima Escarlet Vasques Flores, was arrested by Columbian authorities on September 18, 2020. She has been charged with conspiracy to murder and kidnap a person in a foreign country, conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography and aiding and betting the receipt of child pornography. The government is seeking her extradition to the United States.