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Box Elder man sentenced to more than six years in prison for sexually abusing teen on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation

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

GREAT FALLS — A Box Elder man was sentenced today to six years and 10 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for sexually abusing a teenage girl he lured through social media to his isolated home on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Jonathan Ray Gonsalez, 40, pleaded guilty in January to sexual abuse.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

In court documents, the government alleged that on Jan. 3, 2023, Gonsalez initiated contact with the victim, a 16-year-old identified as Jane Doe, though Facebook Messenger and ultimately lured the victim to his home through comments. Jane Doe arrived at Gonsalez’s residence, which was isolated, around 10 p.m. A short time later, Jane Doe got scared and wanted to leave, but the temperature was below freezing. Jane Doe asked Gonsalez to have someone pick her up and fell asleep while waiting for the ride. Jane Doe awoke to Gonsalez sexually abusing her. After he was done, Jane Doe left the residence and called 911 for help. A Rocky Boy’s Police Department officer found Jane Doe and picked her up on the road near Gonsalez’s residence.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amanda L. Myers and Kalah A. Paisley prosecuted the case. The FBI and Rocky Boy’s Police Department conducted the investigation.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated May 8, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-124