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Bolingbrook man gets 19 years in child porn, sex trafficking case

A federal judge sentenced a Bolingbrook man to 19 years in prison Thursday after he plead guilty last year to producing child pornography and sex trafficking of a minor.

Ronald Gobenciong, 46, engaged in sex acts with a 17-year-old boy and enticed him to produce sexually explicit images of himself, according to a news release from the Northern District of Illinois branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gobenciong reportedly posed on social media as three separate individuals – an escort, an escort’s manager, and a client – to get the boy to produce the pornographic images. 

In February 2017, Gobenciong engaged in sex acts with the boy at a suburban hotel, after which he gave the boy money.  Gobenciong later threatened to distribute the pornographic images to the boy’s father unless the boy continued to have sex with him, the release said.

Gobenciong admitted in a plea agreement that he engaged in similar conduct with two other underage boys during the same approximate time period.

As part of online and text communications with the boys, Gobenciong requested and received pornographic photos and videos of them. Gobenciong knew the victims were under 18 at the time, according to the release. 

Gobenciong, also known as “David Marco,” “Steve John,” and “Joe,” pleaded guilty last year to production of child pornography and sex trafficking of a minor.

“Defendant cynically played on the fears and insecurities of children, as well as their desire for friendship,”Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric S. Pruitt argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “The depravity and cruelty of this conduct cannot be overstated.”

U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah imposed the 19-year sentence Thursday in federal court in Chicago.

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