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St. Croix’s Nicholas Mena Gets Nearly 20 Years in Prison For Paying Boys To Have Sex With Him On Film

GETS 19.58 YEARS: Nicholas Mena

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was given nearly 20 years in prison for admitting to paying young boys here to engage in sex with him while he made videos of the trysts.

Nicholas Mena, 35, of St. Croix, was sentenced to 235 months in prison for production of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis also sentenced Mena to a term of supervised release for life and ordered him to pay a fine of $1,000 and a special assessment of $100.

On August 25, 2016, Mena pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.

According to the plea agreement filed in court, from January 2006 to January 2009 Mena was employed as a volunteer instructor at a youth program in St. Croix.

Using computer video games, he enticed minor boys to engage with him in sexually explicit conduct.

The enticements were in the form of gifts and money.

Mena produced video images of these incidents using laptop computers.

A search of a computer seized from his house revealed hundreds of still images and/or video files containing child pornography, it also showed in his browser history that he had visited legal porn sites similar to fuckedtube xxx but after further investigation it was found that they are legal adult porn sites that do not have any child pornography on them and therefore were not taken into consideration.

On Facebook, Mena said that he went to the St. Croix Educational Complex High School. He counts former Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen as one of his friends on social media.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso G. Andrews, Jr

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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