SABADO GIGANTE ACTOR, ADONIS LOSADA, IS INCARCERATED FOR CHILD PORN FLORIDA COPS SAY

‘Sabado Gigante’ actor awaiting trial on child porn charges in Palm Beach County

Adonis Losada“Sabado Gigante” actor Adonis Losada has been incarcerated in the Palm Beach County Jail for nearly a year. (Miami Beach Police Department, courtesy)

The petite man famous for dressing as a grandmother wears a jail jumpsuit now, an actor focused on his new role as a county inmate.

“I’m a humble actor,” Adonis Losada says from the Palm Beach County Jail, where the former Univision personality — a familiar face on the Spanish-language variety show “Sabado Gigante” — has been incarcerated for nearly a year.

By “humble,” he means of modest means. Modest enough, at least, that he cannot afford to hire a Palm Beach County attorney, or free himself from jail on the $3 million bail a judge imposed.





So for now Losada, a cross-dressing slapstick whiz popular in Miami for playing the clumsy abuela Doña Concha, is stuck, an 11-month fixture in a jail in a county he’d never visited. At least not before his arrest in September 2009.

To hear him tell it, it’s been anything but a comedy sketch. He says he can barely communicate with his English-speaking public defender. He claims that he’s being held with forged documents. He complains he’s been sentenced to isolated custody. (A Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed Losada was being placed in temporary isolation for violating unspecified “administrative rules.”)

But most of all, Losada is furious that he’s in Palm Beach County. Adopting an unconventional legal tack, he alleges he’s been “kidnapped” by the local authorities. (Law enforcement officials, for their part, see it somewhat differently.)

“I want a trial,” the Miami Beach man says in a phone call from the jail. “What’s the problem? I just want a fair trial.”

He does not want to speak about his arrest, about the charges of possessing and transmitting child pornography. But his arrest report speaks plenty.

Investigators say that from his Miami Beach home, Losada, 46, trolled Internet chat rooms designed for discussions about sex with children.

In one such chat room, in August 2009, he struck up a conversation with a stranger. They chatted awhile, police say, and then he e-mailed the stranger a photo of a man and a young boy having sex.

A few weeks later, investigators say, Losada reconnected with the stranger and decided to share from his trove once more. He allowed the stranger to download 33 child porn photos from his computer, according to the arrest report.

On Sept. 19, two detectives showed up at Losada’s South Beach apartment with a search warrant. The stranger had been an undercover Boynton Beach police detective working with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Sexual Predator Enforcement squad.

Losada was arrested in Miami-Dade County on charges of possessing child pornography. According to the arrest report, he admitted to detectives he had a problem.

He was released on bail in Miami and promptly fled to Georgia, violating a condition of his release. He was tracked down and rearrested there, and this time he was extradited to Palm Beach County — a place he had never been.

Why? Because he was being charged with a second crime stemming from the same investigation — transmission of child pornography. And since the alleged recipient, the undercover detective, had been in Boynton Beach, the second case would be tried in Palm Beach County.

Considered a flight risk, his bail was set at a whopping $3 million — unaffordable, he says, for a simple actor.

So in jail he remained.

Nearly a year later, he is growing impatient. Prosecutors declined to comment on the case, but court records show a trial is tentatively set for January .

Meanwhile, Losada complains that his public defender is neglectful, but he cannot afford to hire a private attorney. He says that he was tricked into waiving his right to a speedy trial. (The assistant public defender, Aaron Ritchey, did not return a phone call seeking comment.)

He is angry. Why, he wonders, isn’t he being held in Miami-Dade County, where his family can visit more frequently?

He says he does not speak much English but says he knows his constitutional rights. He claims he has a right to be tried in Miami, before a jury of his peers.

“I think he’s frustrated that the two counties are prosecuting him for the same thing,” said his attorney, David Markus of Miami, who is only being paid to represent Losada on his Miami charges.

Losada lived most of his life in Cuba, working as an actor, then went to Venezuela. In 2000, he found his way to Miami, where he continued his acting career, once playing the part of a porn addict in a play in the Miami Globo Theater and eventually finding work on “Sabado Gigante,” an internationally televised program that is the world’s longest-running variety show.

His arrests caused a sensation in Miami’s Spanish-language media. One TV station sent a camera crew to his apartment building to interview neighbors. Since his arrests he has been suspended from Univision, and his friends and colleagues have all but vanished, his family says.

Markus, his Miami attorney, says he will try to have Losada’s case moved to Miami but doesn’t offer specifics.

All the while his Palm Beach County case drags forward, and Losada sits in jail, fuming.

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