Lehigh Acres man sentenced to 50 years for making child pornography

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
Heriberto Batista Montijo, 43. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

A Lehigh Acres man was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison for making child pornography.

Heriberto Batista Montijo, 43, was sentenced for producing and possessing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of a child. The court also sentenced Batista Montijo to serve a life term of supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender. Batista Montijo pleaded guilty on June 27, 2022.

According to court documents, Batista Montijo produced images and videos of his sexual abuse of two minors, and he possessed other videos depicting the sexual abuse of unidentified minors. In January 2021, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cyber tip concerning someone who had uploaded child sexual abuse material using his social media account, and NCMEC provided the tip to law enforcement.

On May 13, 2021, law enforcement searched Batista Montijo’s residence and located the security camera in his bedroom. The following day, they searched Batista Montijo’s vehicle and found his cellphone. A forensic analysis of the cellphone and security camera revealed images and videos of Batista Montijo sexually abusing a 12-year-old child and a 10-year-old child between February and March 2021. Additionally, other videos were located on his cellphone which depicted the sexual abuse of unidentified minors.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Fort Myers Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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