Detectives assigned to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have made an arrest and are continuing to investigate a sextortion case.
Detectives became aware of an adult male who was extorting victims via Snapchat. Specifically, the suspect was threatening to post nude images of the victims online.
As part of these alleged crimes, the suspect would ask the victims to meet him in Carmichael area parks and in at least one case the suspect was reported to have sexually assaulted a victim. Several juvenile victims have come forward to report the aforementioned behavior.
Numerous images of potential victims have been found on accounts associated with the suspect.
On November 20, 2018, detectives arrested a suspect in this case. The suspect was arrested on for numerous charges including extortion, attempted extortion, communication with a minor with intent to commit a sex crime, forced oral copulation, and possession of child pornography. The suspect has posted bail and has since been released from custody pending further court proceedings.
Detectives are still trying to identify victims and locations where incidents may have occurred. In order to maintain the integrity of current and on-going investigations, the suspect’s name and booking photo are not being released at this time.
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding similar situations to contact the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-3002. Anonymous tips may also be provided by visiting www.sacsheriff.com or by calling (916) 874-TIPS.
To learn more about this investigation, please follow this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/XkPqf_EsdRc
For more information about the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and their mission in our community, please visit https://www.sacsheriff.com/Pages/Organization/CID/HiTech.aspx.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton