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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Arizona Man Sentenced To Over 11 Years In Prison For Kidnapping Girl And Transporting And Possessing Child Pornography

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Luis Angel Vicente Martir Gudiel, 27, of Arizona, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to 11 years in federal prison to be followed by lifetime supervised release, U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich announced. Gudiel will be deported after serving his sentence.

According to court documents, in 2016, Gudiel met a 14-year-old girl at church in Arizona and began a sexual relationship with her. The relationship ended when the victim’s family and church members learned of their relationship. In December 2017, Gudiel rekindled his sexual relationship with the victim and they communicated with each other via Snapchat and Facebook. From December 2017 to March 2018, Gudiel had sex with the victim more than 50 times. On March 4, 2018, when the victim was 15 years old, Gudiel picked her up from church and drove her home.After seeing the victim’s father outside the home, Gudiel told the victim that they were running away together and drove her to Las Vegas. When they arrived in Las Vegas, Gudiel received a call from the Phoenix Police Department looking for the victim. Through a collaborative effort between the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI, the victim was found in Las Vegas and returned safely to her family. Gudiel was arrested and officers obtained a search warrant for his cell phone. A forensic review of that phone showed child pornography videos of the victim that Gudiel had produced, transported, and possessed. Gudiel pleaded guilty in June 2019, to transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

This case was the product of an investigation by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elham Roohani prosecuted the case.

This investigation is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated November 5, 2019