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03/25/2013

Alien smuggler gets enhanced sentence in south Texas for raping a smuggled alien

MCALLEN, Texas – A Mexican national was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for smuggling illegal aliens into the United States and raping one of the women who was part of the smuggling load.

This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.

This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Patrol, and the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

Juan David Alviso-Gonzalez, 18, of Mexico, appeared before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane who sentenced Alviso-Gonzalez to 60 months imprisonment for alien smuggling and raping one of the women in the smuggling group. His sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. Upon imposing the sentence, the court noted that the defendant preyed upon the vulnerability of the victim since she was in the United States illegally. This sentence against Alviso-Gonzalez was enhanced because he raped the victim multiple times.

After he completes his prison sentence, Alviso-Gonzalez will be processed for deportation.

According to court documents, from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2012, Alviso-Gonzalez harbored illegal aliens in Mission, Texas. He and others attempted to extort more smuggling fees from the smuggled aliens. During this time, Alviso-Gonzalez sexually assaulted one illegal alien and attempted to sexually assault another. On Oct. 22, the smuggled aliens called 911 for help, after which time law enforcement arrived and soon arrested Alviso-Gonzalez.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristen Rees and Kimberly Ann Leo, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.