A Vermont man pleaded guilty to the charges of hiring a Venezuelan woman to kidnap and torture an adult male, as well as conspiring to produce child pornography.
According to court documents, Sean Fiore (37,) was taken into custody in May 2019, under an operation by Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations. Using cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children and undercover investigations, VT-ICAC and HSI executed search orders on 15 homes in one week. The digital media of Fiore, which was seized by law enforcement and searched, showed that he had paid $4 to a Venezuelan woman to kidnap and torture her and kill her “slave”. Fiore, according to the indictment, gave specific instructions on what he wanted. This included beating, burning with cigarettes, urinating, defecating, and assimilation of the “slave” to death. Fiore asked for a video of the tortured and murdered woman, which he received via the internet.
According to the plea agreement Fiore’s digital media also revealed he had paid the same woman $600 for a video showing her sexually motivated sadistic abuse of a child. Fiore was also sent the video by the woman who created it. Fiore also had other videos and images showing minors engaging sexually explicit behavior, such as sexual intercourse or sadistic abuse.
Fiore pleaded guilty in murder-for-hire to conspiracy to kidnap and murder a person abroad, to conspiracy to produce child pornography and to possession of child pornography. On March 1, , Fiore will be sentenced. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 year in prison and a maximum penalty of life. After considering all relevant U.S. factors, a federal district court judge will decide the sentence. After considering the U.S., sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors The woman who sent Fiore videos to Moraima Escarlet Flores is charged with conspiring to murder and kidnap someone in a foreign land, conspiracy to produce and child pornography and production of child pornography and aiding and abiding the reception of child pornography. Vasquez Flores was taken into custody in Colombia by Interpol under a Red Notice on September. 2020. The United States seeks Vasquez Flores’ extradition from Colombia in order to face these charges. An indictment is only an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court.
Assistant U.S. attorney Barbara Masterson of Vermont, Trial Attorney Patrick Jasperse of Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Trial Attorney Eduardo Palomo of Criminal Division’s Children Exploitation and Obscenity Section are prosecuting this case with the support of the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs.