Anthony Victor Mangione, head of Immigration and Customs in South Florida pleaded not guilty to three child pornography charges and was ordered held without bond Wednesday in West Palm Beach Federal court.
The head of Immigration and Customs in South Florida pleaded not guilty to three child pornography charges and was ordered held without bond Wednesday in West Palm Beach Federal court.
Appearing in a grey prison jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled, Anthony Victor Mangione, 50, was charged with transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He faces a maximum of 50 years behind bars.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins ordered Mangione to be held at the Miami Detention Center and to undergo a psychological evaluation. He's due back in court on Oct. 17.
In April, FBI agents searched the Parkland home and west Miami-Dade office of Mangione and say they found child pornography images on his computer.
According to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, Mangione received and possessed images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct between March and Sept. of 2010.
Mangione, who has been in charge of ICE's regional office since 2007, was put on paid administrative leave following the April search.
Investigators previously said the search was based on an alert from America Online, where Mangione had an e-mail account.
He was arrested Tuesday, according to Broward Sheriff's Office records.
Mangione had been planning on retiring this summer after 27 years at ICE and it's predecessor, the U.S. Customs Service.