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Top immigration official pleads not guilty to child-porn charges in federal court (Miami Herald):
The South Florida head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a federal indictment accusing him of child-porn offenses on his computer, including transporting and receiving images of minors “engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” according to the Justice Department.
Anthony V. Mangione, 50, of Parkland, was also charged with possessing messages stored on his computer that contained “additional images” of child porn during the same period of the alleged offenses between March and September of last year.
Mangione, arrested Tuesday, showed no emotion at his federal court appearance in West Palm Beach.
If convicted of the three separate charges, Mangione could face up to 20 years in prison, according to authorities. Each of the transportation and receipt charges carries a minimum-mandatory sentence of five years.
Mangione, who worked as a federal agent for nearly three decades until his suspension as the regional ICE chief last spring, was taken into custody Tuesday by Broward sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents outside a Publix supermarket in Coral Springs.