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Former ICE official gets nearly 6 years in prison over child porn

Broward Sheriff's Office

Anthony V. Mangione is shown in a booking photo.

MIAMI -- The former chief of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement South Florida office has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison on a child pornography charge.

Anthony V. Mangione, 52, offered no clear explanation in court Friday about why he started viewing child pornography, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

"I'm pretty much a broken guy," Mangione told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra. "I feel like I'm in a hole eight feet deep with six feet of dirt on top."


Mangione ran ICE's South Florida operations from 2007 to 2011, including numerous child pornography investigations. A 27-year veteran of the agency and its predecessors, he retired a few months after investigators searched his home and office computers in April 2011.

He was arrested in September 2011 and pleaded guilty this July to emailing child porn images.

Mangione had up to 150 images of child pornography, some depicting the "extreme abuse of children," according to federal prosecutors.