Brasília, December 29, 2023: The Civil Police of Minas Gerais (Delegacia Especializada de Proteção a Criança e ao Adolescente) arrested a 56-year-old Brazilian national December 27 with investigative assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agents assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil.
The suspect was previously investigated by the Attleboro and North Attleboro, Massachusetts and East Providence, Rhode Island Police Departments, in addition to the Bristol County (Massachusetts) District Attorney’s Office, for the alleged rape of a vulnerable person (minor) victim spanning a period of four years, beginning when the victim was ten years old.
“One of the U.S. Government’s top law enforcement priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, especially children and members of vulnerable groups,” HSI Attaché Troy Clausen said. “We applaud the actions of the Federal Police of Brazil and Civil Police of Minas Gerais in arresting a man suspected of such heinous crimes.”
Arrest warrants were issued by authorities in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island shortly after a criminal investigation was conducted into the allegations. However, the Brazilian national had already fled the United States for Brazil by the time of issuance.
In June 2023, HSI began collaboration with the Federal Police of Brazil and the Civil Police of Minas Gerais, in the investigation and potential prosecution of the offender for violations of Brazilian Penal Code (CPB) 217-A, Rape of a vulnerable person (minor). These violations fall under the premises of CPB Article 7, which allows criminal prosecution against Brazilian citizens for heinous crimes committed abroad. In addition to the arrest, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs, Brazilian authorities requested all U.S.-generated reports and evidence for use in Brazilian courts via the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the United States and Brazil.
One of the U.S. Government’s top law enforcement priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.