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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Wyoming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 1, 2019

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Sentences

Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced CHARLES BERNARD OWENS, a/k/a Christopher Bernard Mone, a/k/a Christopher Bernard Jackson, a/k/a Christopher Jackson, 36, of San Bernardino, California on February 14, 2019 for transportation in interstate commerce for the purposes of prostitution or other unlawful sexual activity. He received twenty-four months of imprisonment, to be followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and a $750.00 assessment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act fund.

On July 22, 2017, during Cheyenne Frontier Days, detectives with the Cheyenne Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force conducted a joint operation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation into human trafficking in the Cheyenne, Wyoming area. During this operation, law enforcement identified and contacted a Californian woman who had been advertising prostitution services in the Cheyenne area. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered that the woman had traveled from California to Wyoming for the purpose of engaging in acts of prostitution at the direction Owens. Owens arranged the woman’s transportation and later prostitution while in the custody of a California State Prison. The Cheyenne Police Department, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security Investigations investigated this case.

Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced GERSON BARDALES-SAGASTUME, 22, of San Marcos, Honduras on February 21, 2019 for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Bardales-Sagastume was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received time served plus ten days to allow for deportation proceedings and ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. Bardales-Sagastume was previously ordered removed from the US in 2016. The Department of Homeland Security investigated this case.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Immigration
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Press Release Number: 
19-007
Updated March 1, 2019