Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that EDUARDO TALENTINO was sentenced to 10 years in prison by United States District Judge Vincent Briccetti for possessing, and accessing with intent to view, images of child pornography, possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, and failing to register as a sex offender. The sentencing today followed TALENTINO’s guilty plea on May 27, 2021.
U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “This case underscores the urgent need for law enforcement to continue to use every available tool to prosecute and punish those who sexually exploit children.”
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:
On May 27, 2021, TALENTINO pled guilty to a three-count Information. Count One charged him with possessing, and accessing with intent to view, images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children and minors who had not attained the age of 12, on a phone in Orange County, New York, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(b) and (b)(2). Count Two charged that TALENTINO, after having been convicted of a felony, possessed a Colt Pocket Positive .32 caliber revolver. Count Three charged that TALENTINO, while required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”), failed to register as a sex offender.
In August 1997, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Suffolk Superior Court, TALENTINO was convicted of two counts of Rape of a Child, one count of Assault with Intent to Commit Rape, two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14, one count on Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person 14 and Over, and two counts of Disseminate Matter Harmful to Minors. For these offenses, TALENTINO was sentenced to a term of four years and a day in prison.
On November 7, 2019, TALENTINO pled guilty in Orange County Court to Unauthorized Practice of Profession, and on February 13, 2020, he was sentenced to one to three years in prison.
In or about December 2017, TALENTINO became the guardian of a 16-year-old minor (“Victim-1”). While acting as Victim-1’s guardian, TALENTINO sexually abused Victim-1.
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In addition to the prison term, TALENTINO, 56, of Monroe, New York, was sentenced to lifetime supervised release.
Ms. Strauss praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, the Orange County Child Sexual Abuse Task Force, Orange County Child Protective Services, and the Orange County Sherriff’s Office in connection with this investigation.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.