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Muleshoe man charged in child kidnapping case


A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment today charging a Texas man with two counts of kidnapping a minor, one count of coercion and enticement of a minor into illegal sexual activity and one count of cyberstalking.

According to the indictment, on Dec. 24, 2018, Rene Gloria, 57, of Muleshoe, Texas allegedly kidnapped two minors to whom he was not related. 

In addition, Gloria allegedly used a cellular phone to attempt to coerce and entice a third minor victim into illegal sexual activity.  He also allegedly used a cellular phone to cause substantial emotional distress to an adult victim.

The case is being investigated by the FBI with the assistance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Muleshoe Police Department, the Bailey County Sheriff’s Office, the Plainview Police Department and the Hale County Sheriff’s Office.  Trial Attorney Kyle P. Reynolds of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Lorfing of the Northern District of Texas are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.