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St. Croix Man Faces Sex Charges

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Dec. 18, 2008 — Victor Cancel, 45, of La Grande Princess, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on St. Croix on charges of traveling with intent to have sex with a minor and engaging in sex with a minor in a foreign country, according to a statement from acting U.S. Attorney Paul A. Murphy and U.S. Immigration and Customs agent Manuel Oyola Torres.
According to the two-count indictment, around Sept. 27 Cancel, a U.S. citizen, allegedly knowingly traveled in interstate and foreign commerce from St. Croix to the Dominican Republic for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with an individual under the age of 18, and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with that person.
On Nov. 5, 2008, Cancel was also indicted in Puerto Rico on related charges. He was charged with producing, transporting and possessing images involving the sexual exploitation of a minor; and enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.
If convicted of traveling with the intent to have sex with a minor, Cancel faces 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The penalty is the same for engaging in sex with a minor in a foreign country.
An indictment is a formal charging document but is not evidence of guilt, Murphy said. All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty by a trial jury or otherwise in a court of law.
The indictment was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of its nationwide initiative Operation Predator, and Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Department of Justice’s nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.
More information about Project Safe Childhood can be obtained by visiting www.projectsafechildhood.gov or calling Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise A. Hinds in the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 1-340-773-3920.
To report suspicious activity of suspected child predators, readers can call Immigration and Custom's toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. Investigators staff this hotline around the clock. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children can be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http:/www.cybertipline.com.

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