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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Bryant Ozorio Escapes while Jury Convicts on 10 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

PHOENIX— Bryant Ozorio (D.O.B. 12-20-1987) was found guilty in absentia by a jury for 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a Dangerous Crime Against Children on October 23, 2018. Ozorio was facing a minimum sentence of 100 years in the Department of Corrections and prior to the last day of trial, he cut off his electronic monitoring device and has not been seen since.

“This defendant was permitted to be out in the community, though with an electronic monitor, while facing the possibility of a sentence of 100 years for possessing child pornography. This is not the first time a defendant has failed to appear when a conviction was imminent and prison likely,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “The current method of determining release does not properly take into account the risk posed to the community from offenders facing almost certain prison sentences, nor the reality of their likelihood to surrender to the court. A review of how release determinations are made in these circumstances and whether the Arnold Foundation's tool adequately serves the criminal justice system and the public is apparent.”

On December 12, 2016 officers served a search warrant on Ozorio parents’ home, where he was living, after an undercover operation into the sharing of files containing child pornography on the internet led investigators to a computer the defendant was using.

When interviewed by investigators the defendant admitted he used the internet to download videos and images depicting young children in a sexual manner or involved in sex acts. He also admitted he had been addicted to child pornography for the last three to four years. Thousands of images and videos depicting young girls engaged in sex acts with adults including sexual intercourse and oral sex were located on devices and drives belonging to the defendant. Many of the victims appeared to be between 5-years-old and 10-years-old.

There is currently a bench warrant issued for the defendant with a $50,000 cash only bond.

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