Thursday, September 29, 2011

ICE chief pleads not guilty over Fla. child porn

MIAMI (AP) — The chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Florida has pleaded not guilty to charges of child pornography.

Anthony Mangione entered his plea in federal court Wednesday. The 50-year-old was indicted on charges of transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Mangione could face up to 20 years in prison. Each of the transportation and receipt charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of five years.

Court records do not indicate whether Mangione has an attorney.
Federal investigators searched Mangione's Parkland home in April and found child pornography images on his computer.

Mangione has been chief of ICE's Miami-based office since 2007. He has been on paid administrative leave since spring. Neither ICE nor Justice Department officials would comment further.