Cops, Courts and Fire

Man Who Sexually Exploited Newtown Girl Sentenced To Federal Prison


Gabriel Espinoza
Credit: Iowa Department of Public Safety

A man who sexually exploited a 10-year-old girl from Newtown Borough has been sentenced to federal prison.

Gabriel Espinoza, 23, of Marshalltown, Iowa, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting the girl through social media. In addition, the 23 year old will have to serve 25 years of supervised released. The fate was handed down on March 1 by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose.

Authorities said Newtown Borough police learned about a year ago that the 10-year-old girl had been victimized through social media by Espinoza, a registered sex offender. After an investigation, authorities learned Espinoza also victimized another juvenile girl in Minnesota.

Members of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Espinoza and federal authorities indicted him.

Deputy Bucks County District Attorney Kristin M. McElroy said local authorities forwarded the Newtown girl’s case onto officials in Iowa.

Iowa-based U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum said Bucks County, Iowa, and Minnesota authorities all worked together on the investigation.

Correction: The headline has been updated to the victim was a “girl” and not a “teen.” 


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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001