Former Army Recruiter from Midland Sentenced to More Than Seven Years Behind Bars

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

A former army recruiter from Midland found out how long he'll be spending behind bars.

27-year-old Arnold Gonzales was sentenced to a little more than seven years behind bars after pleading guilty back in July to traveling to meet an underage girl for sex.

In addition to the 7 years in jail, he'll have 10 years supervised release and will have to register as a sex offender.

Earlier this year, Gonzales began interacting with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl over the Internet.

It turns out; it was a law enforcement decoy.

Gonzales traveled from Oklahoma to Clovis, New Mexico to meet the girl for sex when he was arrested.