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Ex-chief of immigration service for So. Fla. pleads guilty to child porn charges

The former leader of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Florida has gone from spearheading the local fight against child pornography to facing at least five years in prison for transmitting sexually explicit images of children.

Anthony V. Mangione, 51, pleaded guilty in West Palm Beach federal court Friday morning to a child pornography charge in the shocking case against the former ICE chief who once oversaw investigations of countless predators who exploited children. The 27-year law enforcement veteran was brought down the same way as many of those other defendants: an Internet provider flagged files being sent from Mangione’s email account and alerted authorities.

Mangione, of Parkland, is looking at a mandatory five-year prison sentence and up to 20 years behind bars when he is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5 by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra.

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