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Posted on: October 31, 2022

S.A. sex offender sentenced to 260 years in prison in child pornography case

Jon Gilliland booking photo from Bexar County

A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 260 years in prison Friday for further sex-related crimes.

Jon Gilliland, 57, was charged in a multi-count indictment with possession of child pornography, sexual performance of a child and invasive visual recording.  In August of 2022, a jury found him guilty of each offense.  Because Gilliland was convicted in 2006 of aggravated sexual assault of a child and served 10 years in prison, he was charged as a repeat offender in this case which enhanced the punishment range for each offense.

During the trial, evidence showed Gilliland set up a hidden camera to record a teenaged girl in the bathroom. The girl discovered the camera as well as the videos of her on it, in October 2019. The victim believed the videos dated back to July 2018.

At Gilliland’s sentencing, two other victims who had not previously come forward testified. One said that when she was five years old, Gilliland attempted to touch her private area. Another victim said Gilliland started sexually abusing her when she was seven years old. In 1984, when she turned 14 and Gilliland was 20, she testified she became pregnant with Gilliland’s baby. That child was given up for adoption.

Judge Ron Rangel of the 379th District Court sentenced Gilliland to the maximum for each charge and ordered that Gilliland serve his sentences consecutively (one at a time), which amounts to 260 years in prison.

“Our team worked very hard to seek justice for all of this defendant’s victims, including those who had given up on this defendant being held accountable for decades of abuse. This defendant preyed on young girls he knew very well. He violated the trust of not only these young girls but also their families. He will never get a chance to violate a young girl again,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

Assistant District Attorney Raul Jordan of the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Jason Jorgens of the Criminal Trial Division. The Converse Police Department investigated the crimes.

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