Palm Bay Sexual Predator Sentenced To More Than 19 Years In Federal Prison
Orlando, Florida - U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Rafael Gonzalez (51, Palm Bay) to 235 months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography. The court also ordered Gonzalez to forfeit his computer and digital equipment. He pled guilty on March 26, 2012.
According to court documents, Gonzalez was previously convicted in Brevard County, on November 23, 2004, for the sexual battery of two minors. He is a registered sexual predator. On July 18, 2011, a task force agent downloaded three movies depicting child pornography, which were available for distribution on Gonzalez's computer.
“Child predators are some of the most heinous criminal offenders,” said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI in Tampa. “HSI works tirelessly to investigate these predators and make sure they are prosecuted for the crimes they commit.”
Sheriff Jack Parker stated, "We are very proud of the strong relationship we share with ICE and the U.S. Attorney's Office. As a result of our partnership efforts, another dangerous pedophile was removed from our community and put in prison where he belongs."
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Child Exploitation Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlos A. Perez-Irizarry.
It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."