Bronx Man Arrested For Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

Bronx Man Arrested For Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

In Online Chats with FBI Undercover Agents, Rudy Mena Described Sexually Molesting A Young Child

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the arrest of Rudy Mena stemming from his possession and distribution of child pornography.  Mena was arrested at his apartment in the Bronx, New York, on September 9, 2016, and was presented today before United States Magistrate Judge James L. Cott in Manhattan federal court.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:  “Mena is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, and in online chats with undercover agents, he allegedly boasted about molesting a young child.  Thanks to the dedicated work of law enforcement, Mena is under arrest and can no longer hurt other children.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “There is nothing more disturbing than an offender raping and sexually abusing a young child.  I must commend the super-human effort of investigators and prosecutors who are required to view and testify to the content of videos and photos depicting depravity well beyond anything that should exist in our society.”

According to the Complaint filed in federal court:

Starting in July 2016, Rudy Mena communicated through an online messaging application with an undercover detective (UC-1) assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department-FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, based in Washington, DC.  Through these exchanges, Mena, using the screen name “ragzbagz,” indicated to UC-1 that he was a 23-year-old New Yorker with access to a young child.  He allegedly sent UC-1 a video purportedly depicting that young child naked, and informed UC-1 in graphic detail that he had molested the child.  He also sent UC-1 multiple images of child pornography, including photographs of a prepubescent child’s vagina being touched and penetrated by an adult male sex organ.

On September 9, 2016, Mr. Mena communicated online with a New York City-based undercover agent assigned to the FBI’s Crimes Against Children squad (“UC-2”).  Mena informed UC-2 that he was primarily interested in children aged 4 through 8.  Mena also sent UC-2 multiple photographs of an infant, at least one of which was taken from a media device that appeared to have been used by Mr. Mena.  Later that day, the FBI arrested Mena at his residence in the Bronx, New York.

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