Published On: Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019

Queens man, Keith Liwanag, sentenced to 15 years for child pornography

Keith Liwanag, 27, of Queens, NY was sentenced Thursday to 15 years’ imprisonment for a child pornography scheme he did on Facebook with women from the Philippines.

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Liwanag directed women in the Philippines to sexually abuse children and send him photographs of the abuse in exchange for cash.

Between September 2016 and October 2016, Liwanag used a Facebook account to direct women in the Philippines to engage in sexual acts with children in exchange for money, and to produce and send child pornography to him over Facebook’s private messaging service.

During the government’s investigation, law enforcement seized over 50 recorded video conferences between Liwanag and women engaged in the sexual abuse of children over Facebook and Skype. The investigation revealed that Liwanag shared the videos he created online.

“Liwanag paid others to victimize children for his own pleasure. His use of women in the Philippines to exploit children for the production of child pornography is not just criminal, it’s evil,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York. “Because of the great work of law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office, he will now serve 15 years for his unfathomable acts, facing the full justice of his actions behind bars.”

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