Moraima Escarlet Vasquez Flores, aka “Johana Martinez,” 39, of Venezuela, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on April 11, 2022, in United States District Court in Burlington on charges that she conspired with Sean Fiore to kidnap and murder a person in a foreign country, conspired with Fiore to produce and produced child pornography, and that she aided and abetted the receipt by Fiore of child pornography.
Vasquez Flores’ appearance in court follows her extradition to the United States from Colombia, where she was living at the time of her arrest in September 2020. Judge Kevin J. Doyle ordered Vasquez Flores detained pending trial.
According to court records, in September 2018, Vasquez Flores, then in Venezuela, communicated over WhatsApp with Fiore, who was then located in Vermont. Both used aliases. The WhatsApp communications were about Fiore’s interest in purchasing a video depicting the torture of a kidnapped child, who was referred to as a “slave.” Fiore ultimately paid $600 to Vasquez Flores in Amazon gift cards for the video. Fiore sent specific instructions on what abuse he wished to see inflicted on the child. On October 3, 2018, Vasquez Flores is alleged to have sent Fiore a hyperlink to a video file that showed Vasquez Flores inflicting sadistic abuse on a prepubescent boy consistent with Fiore’s specifications.
On October 13, 2018, Vasquez Flores is alleged to have sent three video files to Fiore that depicted the sadistic abuse of a prepubescent boy. Fiore did not commission the production of these video files.
U.S. Attorney Kerest commended the efforts of Homeland Security Investigations and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the investigation of Vasquez Flores and Fiore.
109 MPH in Putney – a 24-year-old man from Royalton was arrested after speeding in Putney April 10. Police say they arrested Adam Fane after the vehicle he was operating was clocked doing 109 miles-per-hour in the posted 65 miles-per-hour speed zone on I-91 at around 6:35 p.m.
Fane was released on a citation to appear in court at a later date for the charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and excessive speed.
He was also issued a traffic ticket for a civil speeding violation.
Busted for crack cocaine – A 50-year-old man from Bellows Falls was arrested following an incident in Westminster on Friday.
Police say they pulled over a vehicle on US Route 5 near the village of Bellows Falls at around 9:35 p.m. During the course of the stop, deputies developed reasonable suspicion of criminal activity and consent to search the vehicle.
The driver was identified as Michael Quinones. Police say they located crack cocaine concealed on Quinones. He was arrested, processed, and issued a citation to appear at a later date for possession.