Enlisted Sailor Stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, Charged with Producing Files Depicting the Sexual Victimization of Children, Extorting People to Send Sexually Explicit Depictions, and Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Material

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NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BIAGIO WILLIAM AMBROSINO, age 19, originally from Queens, NY, who is now an enlisted sailor stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was charged by a federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Louisiana in a five-count indictment with producing images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of a female born in August 2004 (Count 1), and a male born in August 2005 (Count 2), in violation of 18 U.S.C. ‘ 2251(a), transmitting interstate threats to a sixteen-year-old female for the purpose of extorting a thing of value, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(b) (Count 3), transmitting interstate threats to an adult female for the purpose of extorting a thing of value, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(d) (Count 4), and possessing sexually explicit depictions of children under the age of twelve  years old, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B) (Count 5).  Specifically, AMBROSINO is alleged to have extorted his victims into sending him additional sexually explicit depictions by threatening to injure any person and “expose” victims by sending prior depictions to family members.  AMBROSINO is alleged to have committed the offenses between August 2020 and January 19, 2022.  AMBROSINO was charged on February 25, 2022; the indictment was unsealed after he was taken into custody on February 28, 2022.

AMBROSINO faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of fifteen (15) years and a maximum term of imprisonment of thirty (30) years as to each of Counts 1 and 2, a maximum term of imprisonment as to each of Counts 3 and 5 of twenty (20) years, and a maximum term of imprisonment as to Count 4 of two (2) years.  AMBROSINO also faces up to a lifetime of supervised release for counts 1,2, and 5.  For counts 3-4, he faces up to three (3) years and one (1) year, respectively.  For each count AMBROSINO may be fined up to $250,000 and be required to pay a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in investigating this matter, with assistance from the New York Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.