Miami Beach Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges After Terrorizing Ex Online

Antonio Giansante
Antonio Giansante
via State Attorney's Office

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced the arrest of Miami Beach man Antonio Giansante on multiple felony charges involving child porn, video voyeurism, and cyber stalking. The charges come after Giansante went on a campaign to embarrass his ex-girlfriend. The 37-year-old began dating the woman when she was just 16 in their native Puerto Rico, and the two moved to Miami together in 2009 but had broken up in 2012.

Giansante then attempted to spread nude and explicit images of the woman, who is now in her twenties, from when she was underage in order to embarrass her.

Rundle's office appears to be publicizing the arrest as a way to bring attention to several anti-revenge porn bills that have been filed in the Florida legislature. While this particular case could be prosecuted under child pornography laws, similar cases that involve pictures of women that are adults are harder to prosecute. Rundle compared such cases to domestic violence in a press conference.

The State Attorney's Office claims that Giansante began his campaign of embarrassing his ex by attempting to post underaged nude photos of the woman to the Facebook page of her place of employment, a government agency, at least 40 times starting on November 18 of last year. Authorties then traced the attempts back to Giansante's apartment on Euclid Avenue in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach.

Giansante is also believed to have created Facebook and Instagram accounts featuring the pictures and attempted to add the victim's friends accounts as friends on the social networks. Two Facebook accounts were created, one under the name "Dedevil Wearsprada" and another under a variation of the victim's name. The accounts sent messages including the photos to the victim's family and friends.

The victim admitted that she had consented to nude photos, but while she was still underaged she said she found videos of the two engaged in sexual acts that she was not aware had been taken.

Authorities also found a website online where about 62 nude and explicit images of the victim were posted. Those included screenshots from the explicit videos that Giansante had covertly recorded.

Authorities say Giansante was a former soccer coach and had begun dating the woman when she was a player. They originally met when the victim was 15, and the relationship turned sexual when she was 16. They eventually broke up because of Giansante's jealous and controlling ways.

The victim says she is afraid to leave her house, considered quitting her job, and had undergone panic attacks.

Technically revenge porn is not illegal under Florida laws. Such cases are usually prosecuted in the state as cyberstalking and criminal use of personal identification information.

Indeed, Giansante faces the following charges:

  • Sexual performance by a child/possession (third-degree felony)
  • Sexual performance by a child/promotion (second-degree felony)
  • Transmission of child pornography (third-degree felony)
  • Criminal use of personal identification information (3rd degree felony)
  • Video voyeurism dissemination (third-degree felony)
  • Cyber stalking (first-degree misdemeanor)

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