Suspect sentenced in Fort Hamilton sex abuse case
A suspect who pleaded guilty to enticing three minors to engage in sexual activity at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton was sentenced in Brooklyn Federal Court on Monday to 151 months in prison, law enforcement officials said.
The defendant, Fausto Bonifaz, 40, of Queens, was also ordered to undergo 20 years of supervised release when he gets out of prison.
The victims were all younger than 14 years of age.
The sentence was announced by Robert L. Capers, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
As part of the sentence, Bonifaz will be required to register as a sex offender.
He was arrested on the charges in 2014 and pleaded guilty in March of this year.
Bonifaz began to sexually abuse the victims in 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Over the course of the next year, he sexually assaulted one of the victims on a weekly basis at her home at Fort Hamilton, a fact that he admitted at the time of his guilty plea in March and at the sentencing on Nov. 2.
At the sentencing, the government presented evidence that Bonifaz also abused the other minor victims, again at the Fort Hamilton Army base.
Capers expressed his gratitude to the FBI, the agency responsible for leading the investigation.
The sentencing proceeding took place before Senior U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie.
The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiana Demas.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to protect children by combating the sexual exploitation and abuse of minors. Led by U.S. attorneys’ offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood uses federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children.
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