Ex-nurse sentenced to 27 years for murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap and kill overseas and child pornography offenses | USAO-VT

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont said Sean Fiore, 38, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont to 27 years of age. jail following his guilty pleas to the following charges: murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap and murder a person abroad, conspiracy to produce child pornography and possession of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Fiore to serve a life sentence of supervised release, restitute nine victims of his crimes, and pay a special assessment of $400.

According to court records, in September 2018, Fiore, located in Vermont, communicated via WhatsApp with a woman who was in Venezuela. Both used pseudonyms. The WhatsApp communications concerned Fiore’s interest in purchasing a video depicting the torture of a kidnapped child, who was referred to as a “slave”. Fiore ultimately paid $600 in Amazon gift cards for the video. Fiore sent specific instructions about the abuse he wanted the child to suffer. On October 3, 2018, Fiore received a hyperlink to a video file depicting the sadistic abuse of a prepubescent boy per Fiore’s specifications.

Fiore and the woman then used WhatsApp to discuss Fiore’s desire to purchase another video showing the torture and murder of another kidnapped “slave”. Fiore sent in specs for the types of physical abuse, humiliation, and death mode he wanted to see in the video. In December 2018, Fiore agreed to pay $4,000 for the second video. In April 2019, Fiore was hyperlinked to a 58-minute video file depicting the requested sadistic abuse and possible death of a grown man.

Fiore also possessed videos and other images showing minors engaging in sexually explicit behavior, including depictions of sadistic sexual abuse.

US Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest said, “It is hard to imagine conduct more depraved than that of Sean Fiore. We are grateful for the tremendous support and teamwork provided by Homeland Security Investigations and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force during the investigation of this case. These investigators were indispensable in uncovering Fiore’s heinous crimes. We are also grateful to our partners at the Department of Justice, including the DOJ Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, the DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and the Bureau of International Affairs. of the DOJ, who helped bring Fiore to justice. This office and its partners will continue to prioritize the protection of the vulnerable and the prosecution of dangerous offenders such as Fiore.

“Defendant paid for and scripted unspeakably vile and horrifying videos of a tormented child and sadistically abused adult,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This lawsuit, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont and Homeland Security Investigations, sends a clear message that these wrongdoings will not go unaddressed or go unpunished.”

“Fiore has committed some of the darkest and most heinous acts that humanity can imagine,” said Special Agent in Charge Matthew Millhollin for Homeland Security Investigations in New England. “Today’s sentencing ensures that he will be locked away, unable to repeat the depraved crimes he has admitted to. We are grateful to our partners here in Vermont and around the world who have worked tirelessly alongside us to investigate and prosecute this case.

Moraima Escarlet Vasquez Flores, 39, of Colombia, the woman accused of sending the videos to Fiore and conspiring with him to produce child pornography, is charged with conspiracy to kill and kidnap a person in a foreign country, conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, and aiding and abetting the receipt of child pornography. Vasquez Flores was arrested in Colombia on September 18, 2020 and the government is seeking his extradition to the United States. The charges against Vasquez Flores are all allegations and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.

Barbara A. Masterson, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Patrick Jasperse, Attorney with the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, and Eduardo Palomo, Attorney with the of Child Exploitation and Obscenity from the Ministry of Justice, represent the government. Maryanne E. Kampmann, Esq. and Robert L. Sussman, Esq. of Stetler, Allen, Kampmann & Sussman, PLLC, represent Fiore.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to address the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and Child Exploitation Obscenity Section, Criminal Division (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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