From the Sun-Sentinel:
The former leader ofU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcementin South Florida has gone from spearheading the local fight against child pornography to facing at least five years in prison for transmitting sexually explicit images of children.
Anthony V. Mangione, 51, pleaded guilty Friday morning to a child pornography charge in the shocking case against the former ICE chief who once oversaw investigations of countless predators who exploited children. The 27-year law enforcement veteran was brought down the same way as many of those other defendants: an Internet provider flagged files being sent from Mangione's email account and alerted authorities.
Federal prosecutors said Mangione transmitted at least 15 images of children between the ages of 3 and 15 years old with their genitals exposed.
According toBroward Sheriff's Officesearch warrants, his suspicious Internet activity dated back to 2003 with Mangione using a multitude of online screen names in recent years, including thismomspanks33 and PastorRobertM.
Mangione had no visible supporters in the courtroom Friday morning. He arrived at the West Palm Beach federal courthouse with his attorney, David Howard.
He answered U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins' questions in a clear, steady voice. After the hearing, he took off his suit jacket, tie and belt, and held his hands out to be handcuffed by two U.S. marshals.