It’s just never enough for some people to have health, a job and a home.

A former top law enforcement official who helped lead the local crusade against child sexual exploitation was sentenced Friday to a little under six years in prison on a child pornography charge.

Anthony V. Mangione, who headed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s South Florida office for four years, possessed up to 150 images of child pornography, some depicting the “extreme abuse of children,” according to federal prosecutors.

The stunning case against the decorated law enforcement veteran left many wondering how he became immersed in the dark world of child pornography, trading illicit images on the Internet and pretending to be a mother sexually abusing her children.

Mangione, 52, offered no clear explanation on Friday why he started viewing child pornography. He said that about three years ago he began having drinking problems and stealing his wife’s prescription pills.

We all have problems.  We all have worlds being turned upside down.

“I’m pretty much a broken guy,” Mangione told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra. “I feel like I’m in a hole eight feet deep with six feet of dirt on top.”

Mangione, of Parkland, pleaded guilty in July to e-mailing child pornography to a former school bus driver in Delaware during a six-month period in 2010. After serving his 70-month prison sentence, Mangione will spend an additional 20 years on supervised release.

I’m a bit shocked.  Why didn’t he get 30 years like the ex teacher did?  Seriously, he was supposed to me a model and pillar of the community?

The FBI and Broward Sheriff’s Office seized Mangione’s laptop computer in April 2011 after his Internet provider detected him sending child pornography. He quickly retired from ICE and was arrested in September 2011.

Prosecutor Michael W. Grant urged the judge to sentence Mangione to 87 months in prison, arguing that the former law enforcement officer knows the toll child pornography takes on its victims yet was circulating images of children suffering.

via Anthony Mangione ICE child porn – South Florida