Registered sex offender convicted of attempting to sexually exploit minors and distributing child pornography

July 20, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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On Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court, Davis Burgos-Collazo, 43, of Jamaica, Queens, was convicted of attempting to sexually exploit five children and two counts of distributing child pornography, accessing child pornography with the intent to view it and committing a felony sexual offense involving two minors and a registered sex offender. 

U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen presided over the one-week trial before the jury voted to convict. When Burgos-Collazo is sentenced, he faces up to life in prison. 

Burgos-Collazo created 26 Instagram accounts which he used to attempt to sexually exploit children as young as nine-years-old. He pretended to be a modeling scout, enticing his victims with usernames such as “future models” and “preteen beauty pics.” 

Burgos-Collazo coerced a victim to perform live sex acts on Instagram and the victim pleaded with him to leave her alone, after which Burgos-Collazo threatened to post a photo of the 10-year-old child online for her friends to see. 

The FBI recovered over 100 photos and videos of child pornography on Burgos-Collazo’s phone. Burgos-Collazo committed the crimes while he was a registered sex offender, and in March 2006, he was convicted of raping a seven-year-old minor and attempting to assault two other nine-and 11-year-old minors. 

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI New York Field Office, announced the verdict.

“The defendant, a registered sex offender who deviously portrayed himself as a modeling scout to lure victims, repeatedly victimized minors without regard for the profound harm he was causing them.  With today’s verdict, he now faces the consequences necessary to protect the community from this serial predator,” said U.S. Attorney Peace. 

“I urge parents and caregivers to remain vigilant about the importance of educating our children about the dangers of communicating online with strangers.”

Mr. Peace thanked the FBI-NYPD Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force for their work on the case.

“Burgos’s conviction illustrates how vulnerable our children are to sexual predators. The heartbreaking pleas from one of his victims to be left alone should shock parents and guardians. Please talk with children about the dangers they can face online, and tell them they can ask for help if they face a similar situation,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.


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