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ANGELA DODGE

March 25, 2013

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Smuggler Gets Enhanced Sentence Due to Rape of Undocumented Alien

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Juan David Alviso-Gonzalez, 18, of Mexico, has been sentenced to jail time for smuggling undocumented aliens, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

From Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2012, Alviso-Gonzalez harbored undocumented aliens in Mission, and he and others attempted to extort more smuggling fees from the undocumented aliens. During this time, Alviso sexually assaulted one undocumented alien and attempted to sexually assault another. On Oct. 22, the undocumented aliens called 911 for help, after which time law enforcement arrived and soon arrested Alviso-Gonzalez.

Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Alviso to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Upon imposing the sentence, the court noted that the defendant preyed upon the vulnerability of the victim being that she was here in the United States illegally. The sentence against Alviso-Gonzalez was enhanced because he raped the victim multiple times.

The investigation leading to the charges against Alviso was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Border Patrol and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorneys Kristen Rees and Kimberly Ann Leo prosecuted the case.