EHRENBERG, AZ – An Arizona man is expected to make his initial appearance in state court Friday following his arrest by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for allegedly sexually exploiting at least one 13-year-old girl.
Alejandro Ledesma, 20, from La Paz County, will remain in custody pending his arraignment on four counts of sexually exploiting a minor. The criminal charges resulted from an investigation by HSI Phoenix in collaboration with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being prosecuted by the La Paz County Attorney’s Office.
“This arrest represents yet another prime example of HSI’s ongoing efforts to protect our children from predators who would seek to sexually exploit them,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge of HSI Phoenix. “HSI routinely collaborates with its local law enforcement partners to combat this type of crime.”
“The La Paz County Sheriff’s Department was happy to work with HSI in this investigation,” said La Paz County Sheriff William D. Risen. “Detective Johnson did a great job communicating with HSI and coordinating the local response to ensure a safe and effective arrest. We look forward to working together in the future.”
During the course of the probe, investigators examined over 20 images and videos discovered on the defendant’s electronic devices. HSI special agents have already identified one 13-year-old female victim in North Carolina. As the investigation progressed, HSI special agents also identified two other unknown young girls in images and videos participating in lewd acts.
Anyone with information about Ledesma – or his internet chatroom handle “Donk Malandrine” – is encouraged to call HSI’s toll-free tip line: 1-866-2DHS-ICE [1-866-234-7423].
If convicted of four counts of sexually exploiting a minor, Ladesma would face a mandatory minimum penalty of 40 years in state prison and a potential maximum penalty of up to 96 years.