Texas Bar Owner Sent to Prison for Sex-Trafficking

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011  |  Updated 8:57 AM CDT
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Texas Bar Owner Sent to Prison for Sex-Trafficking

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A South Texas bar owner has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking of minors.

U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno says 35-year-old Beleal Garcia-Gonzalez of Mission was sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

Garcia-Gonzalez was found guilty last fall of three counts of sex trafficking, one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants and six counts of harboring illegal immigrants.

A judge in McAllen also ordered Garcia-Gonzalez to forfeit his home, which he used to harbor the minors, plus pay restitution to the Honduran girls. They were 14, 15 and 17 at the time of the incidents.

Officers in January 2010 rescued the three girls when they were seen leaving a bar and wearing skimpy clothing during cold weather.

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