Day care owner Sifredo Martinez charged for child sex crimes

NYC day care owner Sifredo Castillo Martinez (NYPD)

The 33-year-old owner of a day care in New York City has been arrested and charged with a slew of child sex crimes after he was allegedly caught with “tens of thousands of images of child pornography” and sexually exploited at least one child under his care, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Sifredo Castillo Martinez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on Friday where he was formally charged with sexual exploitation of a child and production of child pornography, as well as receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

“The crimes Castillo Martinez stands charged with today are nearly unimaginable,” FBI Assistant Director Michael J. Driscoll said in a statement. “As alleged, while operating a licensed day care facility, he enticed an 11-year-old child to engage in sexually explicit conduct and made recordings of the conduct.  Our children are some of our society’s most vulnerable members, and protecting them from predators remains a top priority for the FBI.”

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