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