Marshalltown man sentenced in child sex crime

DES MOINES — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa recently obtained several convictions against defendants committing offenses against minor children, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Childhood Initiative. Among those sentenced — a man from Marshalltown.

Late last week, U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose sentenced Gabriel Espinoza, 23, of Marshalltown, to 25 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor. Upon his release from imprisonment, Espinoza will serve 25 years of supervised release.

The investigation into Espinoza’s crime started in March 2017, when law enforcement in Bucks County, Pa., learned a 10-year-old female had been sexually exploited via social media by Espinoza, a registered sex offender. Within days, Espinoza was located and arrested by the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Assisting in the matter was was the Bucks County, Pa. District Attorney’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Marshalltown Police Department, Ankeny Police Department and the Iowa Division of Intelligence.

Additional convictions includes suspects from Osceola and Muscatine.