December 1, 2022
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Springfield man sexually molests 14-year-old girl, pleads guilty to crime

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A Springfield man, Jared Neal Gonzales, has pleaded guilty in federal court to the sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old victim.

Gonzales, 25, pleaded guilty on Friday November 11, 2022, before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of using a minor to produce child pornography.

While pleading guilty, Gonzales admitted that he was in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

He also admitted they used a cell phone to record themselves having sexual intercourse.

“On at least two occasions, at Gonzales’s request, the child victim used her cell phone to send him videos of the couple engaged in sexual intercourse,” a court document reveals.

Under federal statutes, Gonzales is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole.

The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Wan. It was investigated by the FBI and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

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