U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Texas
(210) 384-7100
April 29, 2014

Federal Prison Terms Handed Down in Sex Trafficking of a Minor Case

This afternoon, 32-year-old Ivan Gonzales of San Antonio was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for his role in a sex trafficking scheme involving a minor announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher H. Combs, San Antonio Division.

On October 2, 2013, Gonzales pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor. By pleading guilty, Gonzales admitted that in December 2012, he recruited and enticed a minor female to engage in sexual activity for financial gain. According to court records, Gonzales and his girlfriend, 19–year-old Ashley Nicole Gonzales of San Antonio, posted advertisements to promote the minor, explained prostitution terminology to her, told her how to conduct business, and transported her to locations where she would meet clients and perform sexual activity. Court records also revealed that Ivan Gonzales and Ashley Gonzales took all of the proceeds from the scheme.

On January 7, 2014, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez sentenced Ashley Gonzales to three years in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release for her role in the scheme.

This investigation was conducted by the agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Bettina Richardson prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

This content has been reproduced from its original source.