A federal judge sentenced Anna Marie Gomez, 31, of Marshall County on Wednesday for sexual exploitation of a child. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Jay Town and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Special Agent in Charge James Hernandez.
U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced Gomez to 18 years in prison. She pleaded guilty in April to one count of sexually exploitation of a child. Gomez persuaded a 6-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce images of that conduct and transport them across state lines.
“A long prison sentence is well deserved for the defendant in this case,” Town said. “Gomez gave no sanctuary to this young victim and now has been given bed space in a federal prison with no sanctuary of parole.”
“HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the members of our population that are the most vulnerable,” Hernandez said. “I hope that the sentence in this case allows the victim time to heal.”
The U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated the cases. Assistant United States Attorney Robert Becher, Sr. was the prosecutor.