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Winona man admits using social media to sexually extort dozens of girls across U.S. and abroad

A Winona man admitted Thursday that he used social media apps to sexually extort dozens of girls — many of them preteens — across the country and abroad.

Valentin Silva Quintana, 30, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count each of producing, distributing and possessing child pornography in connection with a scheme that spanned 14 months until June 2023.

The plea agreement noted that Quintana is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 70 years, according to federal guidelines. However, federal judges have full discretion when sentencing defendants and are not bound by any guidelines calculation. A date for sentencing has yet to be scheduled.


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