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Naples man gets 21 years for filming sex acts with 11-year-old

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 13:24:06-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A federal judge has sentenced a Naples man to 21 years and 10 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

30-year-old Divesh Valanju pleaded guilty in April, following his arrest in February 2018.

According to court documents, Valanju met an 11-year old child via two online messaging apps. He lied about his name on the apps and exchanged sexually-explicit images with the child.

On two occasions, Valanju arranged to meet the child at Max Hasse Park in Collier County. After the victim’s parents dropped her off at the park, purportedly to meet her friends, Valanju picked the child up, drove her to a motel and filmed sex acts that he performed with the child.

It is another case brought as 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.