Phoenix Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

Ernesto Gomez-Enciso [Photo courtesy Arizona Attorney General's Office]

PHOENIX – A Phoenix man, Ernesto Gomez-Enciso, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to two felony counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Gomez-Enciso admitted to possessing a sexually explicit video involving a child who was estimated to be less than 13 years of age.

According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, “in June of 2017, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) discovered a computer that was sharing digital files containing graphic depictions of child sexual exploitation over a peer-to-peer file sharing network. Records from the internet service provider showed that service for that IP address was being provided at a residence in Phoenix. Agents obtained a search warrant for that residence and executed it on June 20, 2018. During an interview, Gomez-Enciso waived his Miranda rights and admitted to downloading sexually explicit content of children from an international file server and from the peer-to-peer file trading network. Additionally, investigators located an iPhone in Gomez-Enciso’s bedroom, which contained numerous images of suspected child sexual exploitation.”

Gomez-Enciso pleaded guilty to two felony counts. In each count, Gomez-Enciso admitted to possessing a sexually explicit video involving a child who was estimated to be less than 13 years of age. Gomez-Enciso will begin a term of lifetime probation upon his release from prison in approximately February of 2032. Gomez-Enciso will also be required to register as a sex offender when he is released.

“Protecting vulnerable children from exploitation will always be a top priority for my administration,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “We appreciate our law enforcement partners and our joint efforts to make sure online predators are held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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