A Douglas man, who has been serving a 10-year prison sentence for possession of child pornography and illegal exportation of weapons’ charges, has had 9.5 years added to his sentence for molestation of a child and intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact with a child who is under 15-years of age.
The two sentences will run concurrently.
According to Officer Jamilette Barrios, public information officer for the DPD, on January 19, 2018, the DPD’s Investigations Division opened an investigation in collaboration with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into Uriel Gonzalez-Perez, a former Douglas resident who was also a former police officer in Mexico.
Reports state that in December 2017, Gonzalez-Perez, was stopped during an outbound inspection at the Douglas Port of Entry. He was later arrested by HSI special agents for illegally exporting firearms and other prohibited items into Mexico.
A search of Uriel’s cellphone revealed numerous photos and videos of child pornography. The special agents were able to identify the child and adult female depicted in the images. The subjects were discovered to have been living in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.
HSI special agents met with Mexican authorities in Mexico; who placed the adult female in custody. According to Officer Barrios, she is now serving a 15-year imprisonment in Sonora, Mexico.
Officer Barrios stated that the DPD’s’ Investigations Division proceeded to conduct a full investigation into the sexual molestation allegations.
“It was learned, two children under the age of 10-years-old were victims,” Barrios said. “The case was presented to the Cochise County Superior Court, and Uriel was indicted on October 2018 on 10 counts of child molestation.
According to an article that ran in the Douglas Dispatch, on April 4, 2019 Gonzalez-Perez, was sentenced for separate offenses by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto to concurrent terms of 120 months’ imprisonment and 46 months’ imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.
The article states that Gonzalez-Perez had previously pled guilty to possession of child pornography and conspiracy to commit false statements in connection with the purchase of firearms, and he had been serving his sentence in federal prison.
Upon completion of the DPD’s investigation, Gonzalez-Perez was extradited to the Cochise County to await sentencing on the new charges.
Officer Barrios reports that on November 15, 2019, Uriel plead guilty to 9.5 years on state charges for the two additional counts of molestation of a child.
“Douglas Police Department recognizes the impact a crime has on victims and their family,” Officer Barrios stated. “We work tirelessly to resolve all cases quickly, while maintaining the best interest of all parties involved.”