The former chief of South Florida's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office plans to plead guilty rather than go to trial in July on Internet child pornography charges, The Miami Herald reported.
Anthony Mangione, 51, pleaded not guilty to three charges of possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography using private Internet accounts last September.
But a new federal court filing shows that Mangione is scheduled to have a change of plea hearing in West Palm Beach on July 20, reported the Herald, which could not reach Mangione’s attorney for comment.
Mangione, of Parkland, is due to appear before Magistrate Judge James Hopkins on that date at 11:30 a.m., according to court records.
Mangione is free on $75,000 bail. He faces up to 50 years in prison for the three counts, and each charge against him carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, according to the Herald.
Mangione led ICE’s Miami-based office from 2007 to 2011. He was put on paid administrative leave after searches of his home and office in April 2011, and retired after that, the Herald said.