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John Morton: “No comment on high ranking officer sexually preying on children while working for ICE.”

John Morton: “Public relations is more important than protecting the public from child sex predators.”

According to USA today: “A former top U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Florida has been sentenced to 70 months in prison on a federal child pornography charge.”

The official, Anthony Mangione,  ran ICE’s South Florida operations from 2007 to 2011, including numerous child pornography investigations.

Mangione was guilty of the same crimes he was investigating. The irony of this is apparent in a search of ICE’s news releases, where Antony Mangione is mentioned and quoted numerous times in the investigation of child sex cases:

Here are some examples:

Too many children are victimized by predators that target the most vulnerable among us – our children,” said Anthony V. Mangione.

“Wellington man sentenced to 15 years of prison for possession and production of child porn and sexually enticing minors.”

“Today’s sentencing sends a strong message that ICE agents will continue to police cyberspace to investigate and bring to justice those who sexually exploit the most vulnerable segment of our society, our children,” said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in Miami. “ICE relentlessly pursues predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical or whether it is accomplished by exploiting their images.”

“Pensacola man arrested for enticing a child to engage in sexual activity.” The announcement was made today by…Anthony V. Mangione…

The operation, which began last week and culminated yesterday, yielded the arrests of criminals with egregious backgrounds including lewd & lascivious molestation on a minor; aggravated child abuse…

ICE will continue utilizing its unique immigration authorities to identify and arrest those who present a threat to our community,” said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Miami…

New DHS enforcement team leads to arrest of convicted sexual predator who returned to the U.S. after being deported.

“This week’s arrest of a sexual predator exemplifies the ICE-CBP Mobile Enforcement Team’s mission to have a DHS united front in protecting public safety here in Florda.” said Anthony V. Mangione.

ICE Special Agent in Charge in Miami Anthony V. Mangione said, “This case reveals the disturbing truth that some adults will go to great lengths to travel outside the United States to try to evade law enforcement and sexually exploit minors. ICE is committed to apprehending and presenting for prosecution cases that victimize our children. ICE will continue working with foreign law enforcement authorities to ensure that those who try to hurt children are identified, arrested and brought to justice.”

Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest school swim coach arrested and charged with child pornography.”

ICE will continue to use all law enforcement tools including advanced computer forensics to investigate these types of crimes,” said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Miami. ICE will not tolerate the sexual exploitation of children and will identify and arrest child predators that are a threat to our communities.”

“Two child sex predators sentenced between 17 1/2 and 30 years in prison.”

We are committed to identifying, locating, and ultimately arresting these child predators that are a threat to our communities,” said Anthony Mangione, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations. “ICE will continue to join law enforcement agencies around the world to fight child exploitation crimes over the Internet.”

ICE’s news releases do not mention that their own high-ranking officer was sexually exploiting children. In fact, it was the FBI–not ICE–who arrested Mangione. How long would Mangione have gone undetected and potentially compromising major criminal investigations into child pornography and sexual abuse if it were not for the FBI?

Usually quick to brag about their own high profile arrests of egregious criminal aliens, ICE’s director John Morton had nothing to say about how his own employee was a danger to the public for almost two years under his watch, stating that: “his agency cooperated fully with the investigation, but he declined to comment further.”

There should be a congressional investigation into this, not a “no comment.”

Did Mangione have contacts with any child pornography rings? Was there a lack of oversight within ICE’s hierarchy? Given the great importance of protecting children from sexual exploitation, did ICE routinely screen its own employees to ensure that they were not the exploiters? Why not make computer searches a condition to employment in investigating child pornography? These are but a few questions of the many that should be asked given such a big scandal.

Yet all that we have is a “no comment.”

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