Photos Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of NY
According to federal prosecutors, the photo on the left depicts Almeida pointing what appears to be a firearm at the camera. The photograph on the right depicts an individual with ammunition across their chest, with a skull face mask obscuring the individual’s face.
By Forum Staff
Angel Almeida, a borough resident, has been arraigned at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on a superseding indictment charging him with the sexual exploitation and attempted exploitation of a minor, coercion and enticement and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, possession of child pornography, and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon, prosecutors recently announced.
Almeida, 22, was arrested in November 2021 on a complaint charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was indicted in December 2021 and has been detained pending trial.
As set forth in court filings, in September 2021 and October 2021, the FBI received tips regarding an individual named Angel Almeida possessing firearms and posting sexually explicit images of children online. The tipster identified social media profiles used by Almeida, including a Facebook account with the profile name “Sargent Grey” (the “Sargent Account”). A review of the Sargent Account, as well as Instagram accounts used by Almeida, revealed photos of Almeida holding what appeared to be firearms. On Nov. 23, 2021, members of law enforcement executed a search warrant at Almeida’s residence and recovered a 9 mm Taurus handgun that appeared to be the same firearm that the defendant had posed with. Almeida has a 2019 felony conviction in Florida for burglary. As a result, in December 2021, Almeida was charged in an indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In addition, between July 2021 and December 2021, Almeida enticed a minor, Jane Doe-1, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing videos. Between February 2020 and November 2021, Almeida also enticed another minor, Jane Doe-2, to engage in sexual contact, a violation of the Mann Act. In addition to the enticement and coercion charges, Almeida is also charged with possession of child pornography recovered from multiple cell phones.
The government’s investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about sexual exploitation by Almeida is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov.
If convicted of the charges, Almeida faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment and up to life in prison.