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The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing accurate information to the public and media. If you are a member of the working media and would like an interview with the State Attorney, or you need information on a case, would like to talk to a specific assistant state attorney or are looking for an expert in a certain area of prosecution, please contact our public information officers Ed Griffith, Terry Chavez or Lissette Valdes-Valle.

ED GRIFFITH Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

LISSETTE VALDES-VALLE Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

TERRY CHAVEZ Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

Below you'll find recent news releases issued by this office.

Friday, March 18, 2016


Antonio Giansante Garcia, a 39 year old computer professional, pled guilty today to providing accessibility of nude and sexually explicit photos to his ex-girlfriend’s employer, supervisors and fellow workers. The goal of such actions was to embarrass the victim before her professional associates.

In a search warrant filed in February 2015, the victim had indicated that she had left Giansante in 2012  “…due to his jealousy and possessiveness toward her”, stating that the relationship was “unhealthy”. During their long-term relationship, Giansante had taken a number of unconsented nude photographs and explicit videos. Coworkers, their husbands, and supervisors were all made aware of this material via ‘friend’ requests from fraudulent Facebook accounts set up by I.T. professional Giansante. The victim was a minor at the time the photos and video were taken which allowed a criminal prosecution to proceed. The status of Florida law in 2015 would not have allowed criminal prosecution in that year had these same actions occurred and the victim been an adult.

“Revenge Porn is a tool for a spurned former partner, spouse or lover to gain power and control over someone,” commented State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “It is a means of breaking the will and destroying the reputation and self-image of someone the criminal claims to have loved. Mr. Giansante’s plan for dominance was spoiled by this victim’s courage in coming forward to prosecute this crime.”

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and a coalition of victim advocates were able to convince the Florida Legislature last year to enact legislation which now makes “revenge porn” a crime.

In a plea approved by the victim, Giansante will serve 30 days in the county jail and serve 5 years of reporting probation after pleading guilty 2 counts of Video Voyeurism, a third degree felony. Additionally, the defendant must inform his probation officer of any and all email and social media accounts to be used by him during the term of his probation, whether they are used for business or personal reasons and he read an apology letter written to the victim during his plea colloquy. Giansante was also ordered to donate $2,500 fines to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and Project Phoenix of Camillus House, a new facility intended to assist victims of human trafficking.

State Attorney Fernandez Rundle should be available for media interviews later this afternoon. To schedule a sound byte, please call 305-547-0535.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Statement from State Attorney Regarding the Sentencing of Former Police Detective Karel Rosario

“Today in court, it was apparent that former police detective Karel Rosario had forgotten that to uphold the law, one must always obey the law. He admitted to dealing in stolen property.  His actions transformed him from a respected officer to nothing more than a common criminal. Hopefully, his upcoming time in prison will help him see the error of his actions.”

Friday, March 4, 2016

Boot Camp Case Manager Charged

As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Security and Internal Affairs Bureau, Christy Laster, a twelve (12) year Department of Corrections employee, has been arrested due to accumulated evidence related to the theft and extortion of more than $20,000 from Boot Camp Cadets.
Christy Laster has been charged with:
  • 6 counts         Bribery                              2nd  Degree Felony
  • 6 counts          Extortion                           2nd Degree Felony
  • 16 counts        Grand Theft                      3rd Degree Felony
  • 3 counts         Petit Theft                         1st  Degree Misdemeanor

The 35 year old Boot Camp case manager supervised cadets in the second phase of the program.  Initially, Boot Camp Cadets were held in-custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center for a period of four (4) months to complete a militarily regimented program plan.  During the Phase 2 portion of the program, cadets were released into the community and were required to be employed.  During this 60 day “Work Release Program”, cadets were not permitted to have cash in their possession and were required to pay the cost of programmatic supervision, usually a $10.00 per day fee.
The investigation indicated that Officer Laster would induce the cadets to give her their wages either under the guise of collecting the cost of supervision or threatening to have them violated out of the program and placed into custody.  The financial investigation verified the information supplied by the program cadets about the movement of cash to Christy Laster.  Further investigation revealed that Officer Christy Laster appeared to be a regular customer at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and experienced extensive gambling losses surpassing $38,000.
 “As a case manager, Officer Laster appears to have taught a hypocritical lesson to all of these cadets who were trying to go straight,” noted State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Now, it seems to be her time to learn the price that criminality exacts.”