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Queens man pleads guilty to Fort Ham groping charge

Queens resident Fausto Bonifaz, 39, pled guilty on Tuesday, March 17 to coercing and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity on a weekly basis at the victim’s home at the Fort Hamilton Army Base.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bonifaz began to abuse the young girl sexually in late 2009 when the victim was 12 years old. Over the next year, he assaulted her on a weekly basis.

The defendant – a civilian admitted to the base as a visitor and friend of the victim’s mother – admitted to abusing the young girl sexually at his plea proceeding.

When sentenced, Bonifaz faces a mandatory minimum term of at least 10 years in prison and up to a maximum of life, as well as restitution, a fine of up to $250,000, and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

The guilty plea was announced by Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

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