Broward County

He advertised photos and videos of children to trade. He’s facing federal prison time

The view Oakland Park’s Juan Sebastian Chavez will have for the next 15 to 30 years.
The view Oakland Park’s Juan Sebastian Chavez will have for the next 15 to 30 years.

When 12-year-old girl “A.M.” and her 8-year-old sister “L.S.” visited South Florida from Colombia in 2014, they stayed in Oakland Park with Juan Chavez and his family. On their last day before leaving, Chavez told A.M. he’d given her so much and didn’t have anything of hers. He wanted pictures.

So Chavez gave A.M. a camera and told her to take several pictures of her breasts and vagina. Chavez kept these photos on his cell phone, along with photos of L.S. standing naked, photos of Chavez kissing one of them on the mouth and photos of the girls playing together fully clothed.

All this is in the federal court documents involved with Chavez’s guilty plea to one count of child pornography possession and one count of child pornography production.

Chavez, 26, drew attention to himself the old fashioned way — advertising. From November 2014 through January 2015, he offered to trade child pornography pictures and videos on the peer-to-peer file-sharing network Ares.

Some of the eyes seeing his advertisements belonged to Fort Lauderdale Police on an undercover internet investigation. According to the arrest report, Fort Lauderdale cops traced the internet provider to the Sapphire Condominium, 2821 N. Ocean Blvd. Chavez worked in valet parking there. Surveillance determined Chavez brought his laptop from his Oakland Park home to work.

A search warrant of the laptop and a thumb drive revealed at least 20 files with children being molested by adults in addition to the aforementioned photos of the young girls. Chavez admitted in court documents to having videos of children as young as 4 to 6 years old.

The federal prison sentence he’ll receive Feb. 9, 2018 will range from 15 to 30 years.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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