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Local Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Spokane– Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Daniel Herrera Gonzales was sentenced after having previously pleaded guilty on May 17, 2017 to the charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Senior United States District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen sentenced Gonzales to a five-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five-year term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison. Upon release from prison, Gonzales will continue to be required to register as a sex offender.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Gonzales was required to register as a sex offender because of a 2011 conviction for third degree assault (sexual motivation) in Douglas County, Washington. That conviction was his third for sexually assaulting children. Gonzales absconded from Washington State Department of Corrections supervision in May 2016. Deputy U.S. Marshals tracked down Gonzales in Wellpinit, Washington last November.

At today’s sentencing hearing, Senior Judge Nielsen found that Gonzales’ criminal history was under-represented by the Sentencing Guidelines. For this reason, the Judge departed upward from the Guidelines and imposed the 60-month sentence.

Acting United States Attorney Harrington said, “The sentence handed down today provides just punishment for this offense. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington prosecutes the crime of failure to register as a sex offender with great fervour, particularly when an offender’s prior sex conviction(s) involves vulnerable young victims.” Harrington went on to add, “This case is an outstanding example of the dedication and tireless efforts exhibited by the U.S. Marshals Service day in and day out.”

This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States 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. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative (“PSC”) has five major components:

• Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue children;

• Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;

• Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases;

• Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents; and

• Community awareness and educational programs.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

The United States Marshals Service conducted this investigation. Scott T. Jones, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, prosecuted the case.

Updated September 6, 2017

Press Release Number: 2:16-CR-00195-WFN