September 28th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Immigration official arrested on child porn charges

[Updated at 1:14 p.m. ET] The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for south Florida has been arrested on child pornography charges, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Anthony Mangione, 50, of Parkland, Florida, was charged in a three-count indictment unsealed Wednesday with transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, authorities said in a statement.

"According to the indictment, between March 2010 and September 2010, Mangione allegedly transported and received visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct," the statement said. "The indictment also alleges that Mangione possessed electronically stored messages that contained additional images of child pornography during the same time period."

Mangione was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents and made an initial appearance Wednesday in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida.

During the appearance, Mangione pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to CNN affiliate WPTV. Both the prosecution and the defense requested he undergo a psychological evaluation, and the judge approved that request.

"The government has concerns that given the magnitude of the charges, that he might melt down," defense attorney David Howard told WPTV. "So there is ... real concern, and it's going to be addressed."

Mangione, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, wore a gray jumpsuit with "federal prisoner" on the back in court Wednesday, and his hands and feet were shackled, WPTV said. He made no statement during the hearing.

He was being held in the Broward County, Florida, jail, according to jail records.

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  1. Happy_momma

    unbelievable!! he should be given life in prison. Sick people

    September 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      Presumption of innocence!
      Many people get arrested and no charges are brought later.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • this is america

      Whatever happened to being presumed innocent before being considered guilty? You want to get back at someone for arresting and deporting them this could be a way to do it.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. donnamarinchekmarn01

    What else is new?

    September 28, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Oh, I don't know, Andreas, sounds like they have this one locked up.
    As I hope this pos is.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Well, then, he'll go to trial if he pleads not guilty.
    We'll see.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AmericaIsBasedOnCheating

    Mangione, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, demonstrates how CRIMINALS have infiltrated our government. No wonder the US DOJ ignore lawyer crimes in our courts. NOW WE UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Quite right, AmericaIsBasedOnCheating. This also explains the very reason that we're now fighting all these useless and unnecessary wars abroad. In fact, the MIC(military-industrial-complex) is increasingly becoming a criminal enterprise itself as more criminals join in and it contols the government already!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thinker

    Where did he get the images from? TSA Scans?

    September 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ebenezer

    They should be prosicuted

    September 29, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
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