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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bismarck Man Sentenced in Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

BISMARCK - Acting U. S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on May 21, 2015, Garron Gonzalez, 38, Bismarck, North Dakota, was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve 25 years in prison for attempted exploitation of a minor. Judge Hovland also sentenced Gonzalez to 20 years supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund. Judge Hovland ordered the sentence to run consecutively with Gonzalez’s current state sentence of imprisonment, which is set to expire in 2015.

In December 2010, HSI-ICE began investigating Gonzalez for probation violation and seized two cellular telephones which revealed Gonzalez had been in contact with several juvenile females through various social media including text messaging. During the investigation, nude images of a 15-year-old female victim were found on Gonzalez’s phone along with sexually explicit in messages.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigation ICE and the Yankton Police Department.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 21, 2015