MEXICAN CITIZEN SENTENCED TO 188 MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AN UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN MINOR WHILE SMUGGLING HER FROM TEXAS TO NEW YORK
Juan Carlos Escobar Gonzalez was sentenced today to 188 months of imprisonment for raping an undocumented 17-year-old El Salvadoran girl in the back of a van at a rest stop in New Jersey while transporting her from Texas to her family in New York. The sentence will run consecutively to the 57-month sentence the defendant received in an alien smuggling case in the Eastern District of Texas in May 2010. The sentencing proceeding was held today before United States District Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr., at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York. The defendant was convicted after trial in November 2011 of interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity, interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and alien smuggling.