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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Child sexual exploitation defendant still on the run

Federal fugitive charged one year ago, asking for the public’s help capturing him  

PRESS RELEASE

Indianapolis-United States Attorney Josh Minkler and FBI Special Agent in Charge Grant Mendenhall are asking for the public’s help in capturing a federal fugitive wanted for the sexual exploitation of a minor. Gustavo Cruz, a/k/a Gustavo Aguilar-Cruz 42, Indianapolis, is alleged to have used his cell phone to record himself sexually abusing an 11-year-old female child. 

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement learned of the alleged sexual abuse on March 21, 2017. The victim told investigators that Cruz had sexually abused her for years.  Police served search warrants on Cruz’s home and vehicle and seized electronic devices. An examination found multiple videos containing child pornography. Many of these images depicted Cruz engaged in sexual acts with the victim.

Minkler said “One year ago, a very brave child came forward to tell police what Cruz did to her, and a team of skilled investigators found evidence to corroborate her account of repeated sexual violation. While the defendant is presumed innocent, now is the time for the community to come together to tell us where Cruz is located, so that all parties can have their day in court.  We will not stop seeking justice for this child.” 

Cruz has eluded law enforcement for nearly one year and is a wanted fugitive. He is a 42-year-old Hispanic Male, 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. He has brown eyes, dark hair and a mole on his right cheek. He is believed to be living somewhere in the Midwest United States.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Gustavo Cruz, is encouraged to call the FBI at 317 -595-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department conducted this investigation.

"Our children are among the most vulnerable members of our community, and we must protect them in any way we can," said Grant Mendenhall, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Indianapolis Division. "We will continue to work diligently with our partners to locate this individual to ensure no other children are victimized."

“The victimization of children is an unimaginable crime that can have a devastating impact for years,” said Chief Bryan Roach. “Because of skilled and dedicated Investigators we now know the identity of the alleged suspect and we need your help to find him”.

Kristina M. Korobov is prosecuting this case for the government and said Cruz faces 30 years imprisonment if convicted.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise in federal court.

In October 2017, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced a Strategic Plan designed to shape and strengthen the District’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the office’s firm commitment to use partnerships with law enforcement agencies to prosecute individuals who exploit or harm children and other vulnerable victims. See United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana Strategic Plan Section 4.1

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Updated March 21, 2018