A Monett man was sentenced in federal court on Oct. 29 for attempting to possess child pornography after secretly recording video with his cell phone camera of a minor taking a shower.
Josť J. Lazalde-Gonzalez, 30, a citizen of Mexico residing in Monett, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to eight years in federal prison without parole.
According to David M. Ketchmark, acting United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Lazalde-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to attempting to possess child pornography. On June 25, Lazalde-Gonzalez was caught by his live-in girlfriend as he secretly recorded video on his cell phone camera of her 13-year-old daughter taking a shower.
Lazalde-Gonzalez used a hole in a bedroom wall, which opened into a bathroom closet with the door removed, to give him a view of the bathroom. When his girlfriend caught him and called the police, Lazalde-Gonzalez admitted to them that he had watched the 13-year-old taking a shower on previous occasions.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert. Assisting in the investigation were the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which includes the Barry County Sheriffs Department and the Cassville Police Department, the Monett Police Department and the Joplin Police Department.