The third-degree felony charge of criminal sexual contact of a minor carries with it a maximum of six years in prison, but in Gonzales' sentencing hearing Thursday afternoon, state District Judge Mary Marlowe suspended Gonzales' prison time in favor of intensive, specialized sex-offender therapy, outpatient treatment and GPS monitoring.
Several also wrote letters to the judge, which Marlowe
acknowledged before sentencing.
said despite the requests from the victims for severe punishment of Gonzales, there were also acknowledgements in their letters that Gonzales needs help and treatment.
Despite the victims' pleas for punishment and the argument by Assistant District Attorney Judith Reed that Gonzales still poses a threat to society, Marlowe said it's not her responsibility to simply dole out maximum sentences in cases like this.
"Even if I were to think about giving him the maximum sentence, I have to think about what's going to happen after," Marlowe
Gonzales will be enrolled in the six-month STOP program at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M. Marlowe also ordered intensive, specialized sex-offender outpatient therapy while Gonzales is on probation.
Before suspending Gonzales' six-year sentence, Marlowe
gave Gonzales credit for his
year already spent on electronic monitoring.
will wake up every single day and remember your children," Marlowe
told the victims' parents and families.