FBI arrests Heber man for enticement of minor

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 18:00 hrs

San Diego, Mar 19 (IBNS) Daphne Hearn, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge (SAC), San Diego Field Office, announced the arrest of Manuel Gonzales, age 28, of Heber, California.

Gonzalez was arrested pursuant to a federal arrest warrant charging him with violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422 (b), enticement of a minor.

"Gonzales was arrested on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at approximately 8:00 a.m. at his Heber, California residence without incident. Gonzales was arrested by agents from the FBI and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI). Following his arrest, Gonzales was booked into the Imperial County Jail," said the FBI in a release on Monday.

The charges in this matter emanate from an investigation conducted by the FBI's Imperial County Resident Agency, Imperial County, California, with assistance from HSI.

According to the complaint filed in this matter with the United States District Court, Southern District of California, case number 13MJ8185, in November 2012 and December 2012, Gonzales engaged in unlawful sexual activity with a minor victim. Gonzalez facilitated contact with the victim via cell phone text messages.

On last Thursday, Gonzales had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter C. Lewis. Following the hearing, Gonzales was returned to the custody of the Imperial County Jail with his next hearing date scheduled for Monday.

A complaint itself is not evidence that the defendant committed the crimes charged.

The defendant is presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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