Police officials in California have managed to arrest a man who allegedly carried out the grooming of 80 young kids and made them create child pornography.
A 24-year-old man was taken into custody by members of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday for suspicion of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, read a report from Fox News. The police officials stated to Fox 40 Sacramento that they were given a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children via their Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
As stated by the police officials, the suspect is alleged of grooming the children into filming sex acts, which he then saved to his personal computer and phone. The sheriff’s office also stated that the suspect normally posed as a teen girl named “Lizzy” while online, and used that persona to contact children most frequently between the ages of 6 and 13. He is known to have created multiple social media accounts in order to contact the kids and try and establish communication with them. he also allegedly spoke to the kids using “sexually explicit language,” and also of sending them child pornography.
Then, allegedly, the suspect would tell the kids to perform sexual acts while recording them. He also allegedly pushed the children to perform these acts on others, including other family members or kids they knew. “What’s particularly heinous about this is that this grooming led up to our suspect asking these children to perform sexual acts on their siblings, other relatives, and other kids that they know and film it, and then send that video to our suspect,” stated Sgt. Rod Grassmann, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, in a video address stating that the suspect was now in custody.
Graqssman also said throughout the video that police were able to execute an extensive search warrant of the suspect’s place of residence on the 1st of December, 2021. where the discovered “numerous screen recordings” throughout his digital devices that had images of children engaging in sex acts. Grassmann also stated that authorities did not have enough evidence to take the man into custody at that time, but they did take the devices in question.
The sheriff’s department was able to conduct a series of forensic analyses of the digital devices and found that the suspect had allegedly taken part in the grooming of over 80 victims, and made contact with at least 100 kids between late 2020 and December 2021. The victims were discovered to hail from 24 different states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin. There were also roughly 15-20 victims discovered to hail from other countries as well.
Grassmann told parents to make sure to check their kid’s devices to make sure that they were not in contact with any people that the parents were not familiar with, and if their kids had been in illicit contact with or sent illicit images to any person named Lizzy through any social media apps. If they discover anything, Grassmann urged the parents to contact the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in order to report the incidents. Grassmann also told the parents to be far more active in learning about who their kids were talking to online.
“Every electronic device connected to the internet is like an open window to the entire world,” Grassman stated on Fox News. “You have no idea who is talking to your child.”