Anthony K. Mastrogiovanni, 30, of Crofton, Md., pleaded guilty today to the sexual exploitation of minors to produce child pornography.
The guilty plea was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; and Postal Inspector in Charge Gary R. Barksdale of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Washington Division.
According to filed court documents and proceedings, between 2006 and 2012, Mastrogiovanni was a U.S. Navy reservist who sexually exploited more than 30 male juveniles, ranging from 9 to 16 years of age, in Maryland and Louisiana to produce child pornography. During that time period, Mastrogiovanni met and befriended his victims through his involvement in civic organizations or his military affiliation. Mastrogiovanni captured sexually explicit video of the victims on cameras hidden in his residences in Louisiana and Maryland.
Mastrogiovanni has been in federal custody since he was arrested by inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Las Vegas on July 19, 2012. A search of his Las Vegas hotel room recovered external hard drives containing over 30,000 images of child pornography, including video of his juvenile victims. That same day, federal agents searched Mastrogiovanni’s apartment in Crofton where they discovered a hidden video camera and video transmitting equipment as well as digital media containing additional child pornography.
As part of his plea agreement, Mastrogiovanni will be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
Mastrogiovanni faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison followed by up to lifetime of supervised release for sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for July 31, 2013.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and FBI’s Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Keith A. Becker of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney P. Michael Cunningham of the District of Maryland.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and 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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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Here is a copy of the text of Grassley’s July 7, 2011 letter to Holder.
July 7, 2011
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder:
On May 31, 2011 I received a report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) in response to a request Senator Coburn and I made to all Inspectors General to provide semiannual reports on closed investigations, evaluations, and audits that were not disclosed to the public.
This report contained what appears to be an inexcusable mishandling of serious allegations against an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) which calls into question the DOJ’s internal controls and prosecutorial discretion. The report cites the following OIG investigation of an AUSA:
“The OIG conducted an investigation concerning allegations that an AUSA was using his government computer to view inappropriate material on his government computer. The investigation determined that the AUSA routinely viewed adult content during official duty hours, and that there was at least one image of child pornography recovered on the AUSA’s government computer. The AUSA acknowledged that he had spent a significant amount of time each day viewing pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined prosecution. Disciplinary action against the AUSA is pending.”
This report relates to OIG investigations from October 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011 and was submitted two months later. As the case for disciplinary action is “pending” as of May 31, 2011, this means that, at the very least, the DOJ has allowed an admitted serial viewer of pornography – possibly child pornography – to serve as an AUSA for two months, if not longer, and has yet to take action. This is simply unacceptable and compounds the questions raised by the fact that this AUSA was found to have “at least one image of child pornography” on his government computer and yet he was not charged with a crime.
Regarding the DOJ’s decisions in this case, I respectfully ask the following questions:
1. Is this individual still employed by the Department of Justice?
a. If so, in what capacity?
b. If not, when did this individual leave employment with the Department of Justice?
i. Was this departure voluntary or were they terminated?
2. Is this individual eligible for a government pension?
a. If so, has the DOJ made any efforts to strip this individual of his or her pension?
i. If so, what efforts have been made?
ii. If not, why not?
3. What types of cases did this AUSA handle?
4. Did the cases this AUSA was assigned to handle ever lead to any interaction with children?
5. Was the decision not to prosecute this individual made by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in which he or she served?
a. If so, did that raise any concerns regarding a conflict of interest?
b. If not, what office made the decision not to prosecute this individual?
6. How was this individual able to evade the DOJ’s pornography filters?
7. Has the DOJ made efforts to upgrade its pornography filters as a result of this individual’s actions?
a. If so, what efforts have been made?
b. If not, why not?
Thank you for cooperation and attention in this matter. I would appreciate a response by July 21, 2011. If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact my office at (202) 224-5225.
Charles E. Grassley
Committee on the Judiciary
connect the dots……………..
Pentagon Whistleblowers beware when they plant false charges or false evidence on your computers. IRS beware as well. The Holder of the cards is the DOJ and the game is rigged by the House. The committee and covert operators in Al-CIAda, FBI, BATFE, DHS, DoD and NGO’s like Southern Poverty have your numbers. They will soap and scrub the real government pedophiles and suds you up for charges. This message has been sent to every .gov employee in one fashion or another. I commend those who will blow the suds off and get into a lather. When you are blackmailed, and you will be blackmailed if not worse, you will be set free. Not even the criminal government can believe 1700 idiots at the Pentagon would be so stupid as to download child pornography let alone surf it on company computers. It’s just a psyop and fear game. Don’t enable the administrators and don’t play into the protocols of the committee.
Let’s see a whistleblower march on Washington. Leave the guns at home and bring the truth instead.