FBI seeks Virginia man who skipped plea hearing in child-porn case

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Local,Virginia,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

Authorities are seeking information about the whereabouts of a 27-year-old Reston man who was expected to plead guilty in a child-pornography case last week but did not show up to his hearing.

Alex Ernesto Calderon Velasquez was indicted in federal court in Alexandria in February on charges of producing and possessing child pornography.

Videos from September were found on Calderon Velasquez's computer that show the defendant blackmailing a 14-year-old girl into stripping and masturbating for him through video chats. Calderon Velasquez gave the girl directions, and the victim is seen crying in the videos and covering her face while following the defendant's instructions, prosecutors wrote in court papers.

At a detention hearing in early March, Velasquez was ordered held without bond, according to court documents.

But later that month, the defense asked that the detention order be revoked. The defense claimed in court papers that the magistrate judge who ordered detention focused on the fact that Calderon Velasquez had been convicted in 2006 in Wisconsin for sexual intercourse with a child. However, that conviction stemmed from the defendant, at the age of 19, having consensual sex with his then-16-year-old girlfriend.

Prosecutors argued against Calderon Velasquez's release, claiming that he was a flight risk and posed a danger to the community, according to court papers.

But Judge Anthony J. Trenga decided to allow Velasquez to be released if he complied with certain conditions, including being on home detention with electronic monitoring unless he was given a time out approved by pretrial services, court papers show. The judge also ruled that if the defendant failed to appear at future hearings, that he would be indebted to the government for $25,000.

Calderon Velasquez had a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 24. But he didn't show up to court.

A probation officer said that he spoke to the defendant at 6 a.m. that day and then received another alert at 8:30 a.m. indicating that Calderon Velasquez's monitoring bracelet had been opened, according to court records.

Calderon Velasquez, a national of El Salvador who is legally in the United States, is described as a Hispanic man, 6-feet 3-inches tall, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen in Reston wearing a dark suit, and he is believed to be driving a 2004 Toyota Camry with a Virginia license plate reading JPX4156.

Anyone with information can call the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000. People can also contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers by calling 866-411-TIPS (8477) or by texting "TIP187" plus the message to 274637.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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