Human smuggler, accused in teen's sex assault, gets prison time

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 10:26 AM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A Texas man has been sentenced to four years in prison in a human smuggling case involving a teen allegedly assaulted as she was being driven to New Jersey.
   
A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Wednesday sentenced 47-year-old Jose Gallegos of Austin. Jurors in December convicted Gallegos of harboring and transporting an undocumented person.
   
He was captured last summer at a South Texas border checkpoint with a scantily clad 18-year-old woman as his passenger.
   
The teen testified she was being smuggled from Mexico to New Jersey, was forced to wear suggestive clothing and was sexually abused by Gallegos under threat of death.
   
Investigators say Gallegos kept the teen and other immigrants at a Palmview motel for two weeks prior to his arrest.

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