Enlisted sailor stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, responsible for producing files depicting child sexual victimization, extorting people to send sexually explicit depictions, and possessing child sexual exploitation material | USAO-EDLA

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NEW ORLEANS – US Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BIAGIO WILLIAM AMBROSINO, 19, a native of Queens, NY, who is now an enlisted sailor stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Louisiana in a five-count indictment. ‘prosecution with the production of images and videos illustrating the sexual exploitation of a woman born in August 2004 (count 1) and a man born in August 2005 (count 2), in violation of 18 USC ‘2251 (a), transmission of interstate threats to a sixteen-year-old woman for the purpose of extorting a thing of value, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(b) (Count 3), of transmitting interstate threats to an adult female for the purpose of extorting a thing of value, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(d) (Count 4), and possession of sexually explicit depictions of children under the age of twelve, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B) (Account 5). Specifically, AMBROSINE is accused of extorting his victims into sending him additional sexually explicit representations by threatening to harm anyone and “exposing” the victims by sending prior representations to family members. AMBROSINE allegedly committed the offenses between August 2020 and January 19, 2022. AMBROSINE was charged on February 25, 2022; the indictment was unsealed after his arrest on February 28, 2022.

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

US Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is just an accusation and that the defendant’s guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to address the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) of the Criminal Division, Project Safe Childhood brings together 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.

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

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