On Oct. 14, Sean Fiore, 37, of Burlington pleaded guilty to murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap and murder a person overseas, conspiracy to produce child pornography, and possession of child pornography, prosecutors announced.
In September 2018, Fiore used the alias “Marcus” to communicate via WhatsApp with Moraima Escarlet Vasquez Flores, who was located in Venezuela and also went by an alias, “Johanna.”
According to prosecutors, the pair discussed “Fiore’s interest in purchasing a video from her depicting the kidnapping and torture of a “slave.”
Flores told Fiore she would make the video to his specifications for $600, which he paid using Amazon gift cards. The pair then discussed Flores making the video with a child, and on Oct. 3, 2018, she allegedly delivered the video to Fiore using a hyperlink.
The video file depicted “sadistic abuse of a prepubescent boy consistent with Fiore’s specifications,” prosecutors said, claiming Flores “inflicted pain on the child for the sexual arousal of the viewer of the video.”
Fiore then told Flores on WhatsApp he wanted to buy a second video from her that showed her “torturing and killing a ‘slave’ she would kidnap in her home country of Venezuela,” prosecutors said.
Flores allegedly agreed and told Fiore she “intended to kidnap a slave by enticing a man to leave with her from a party with the promise of sex,” federal prosecutors said, adding Fiore then sent Flores “specifications for the types of physical abuse, humiliation, and manner of death he wished to see in the video.”
In December 2018, prosecutors claimed, he agreed to pay her $4,000.
Four months later, in April 2019, prosecutors said, “Flores sent Fiore a hyperlink to a 58-minute video file depicting the requested sadistic abuse and possible death of an adult male.”
Fiore faces anywhere from a mandatory minimum of 15 years up to life behind bars when he is sentenced on Mar. 1, 2022.
Interpol arrested Flores on Sept. 18, 2020, in Colombia. She faces charges of conspiracy to murder and kidnap a person in a foreign country, conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, and aiding and abetting the receipt of child pornography. The United States is currently seeking her extradition from Colombia to the U.S. to face the charges against her.