QUEENS — A Queens man was arrested on charges he sexually abused more than a dozen children and investigators believe there are many more victims.
The indictment against Orlando Lopez, 54, was unsealed Thursday. It charges him with traveling across a state line with intent to commit aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.
Lopez allegedly used friendships with the victims' parents to get access to the children, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said.
"Readers should be stunned into action by an investigation like this," Sweeney said. “We are asking anyone who has had any contact with Mr. Lopez at any point to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. Please take a moment to make this call. The ages and numbers of victims are another warning that we must do more as a society to protect our children.”
Lopez allegedly abused children for more than a decade. Officials said he has thousands of explicit photos and videos of one girl. She was two when the alleged abuse began.
He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and up to life in prison if convicted.