A federal district court in the United States sentenced Angelo Victor Fernandes, a cruise ship employee from Goa, India, to 188 months in prison for disseminating material containing child sexual abuse.
The sentence was announced by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami acting special agent in charge, Michael E. Buckley and United States attorney, Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida. Christopher Hudock, an assistant US attorney, handled the prosecution.
The 34-year-old was booked for sexually exploiting minors, and engaging in child pornography. According to a news release, he used an instant messaging programme to send Daniel Scott Crow 13 videos of child pornography between January 16 and April 30, 2022.
Fernandes and Crow also spoke about setting up a trip for the latter to have sex with young children while abroad. In a separate conversation with an unnamed person, Fernandes discussed sexually abusing young children and his ability to procure youngsters for sex.
Crow pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a juvenile and one count of creation of child pornography. On December 12, 2022, he was sentenced to a 30-year prison term.
The case was part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative to tackle the scourge of child sexual exploitation and abuse, announced in May 2006.