U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
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October 10, 2014

Week in Review—Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

DISPOSITIONS

  • Nathan Hasty, 36, of Huntington, Indiana was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment, five years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment after pleading guilty to the felony offense of sexual exploitation of children. According to documents filed in this case, Hasty had been using fake identities in Facebook posing as a female and flirting with boys in attempt to gain their trust and began to talk sexually with them. Hasty admitted to being a Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ and admitted to using false Facebook accounts in which he posed as a juvenile female to communicate with the boys in his youth group. Hasty admitted to having sexual conversations with the young boys, asked them to send nude pictures of themselves, and to skype in a one way conversation. This case was the result of an investigation by FBI-Cyber Squad. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.
  • Jose A. Soto, 31, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 92 months’ imprisonment, four years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment after pleading guilty to the felony offense of knowingly or intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. According to documents filed in the case, this investigation began with controlled buys of powder and crack cocaine and progressed with wiretaps of several cocaine suppliers. Jose Soto was identified as distributor of one of the conspiracies. This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force, G-Net, Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Police Department, Allen County Drug Task Force, and the New Haven Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
  • Charley J. Gonzalez, III, 43, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 300 months’ imprisonment, 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of knowingly conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. According to documents filed in this case, this investigation began with controlled buys of powder and crack cocaine and progressed with wiretaps of several cocaine suppliers. Charley Gonzalez was identified as the leader of one of the drug supply networks. This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force, Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Police Department, Allen County Drug Task Force and the New Haven Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
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