It must be disconcerting to roll through a shopping mall parking structure, notice something screwy going on in a parked truck, knock on the window and discover a 54-year-old man with his pants around his ankles and a 14-year-old boy he met on Craigslist inside. That happened to a Huntington Beach cop Saturday at Bella Terra Mall alongside the 405, according to police and prosecutors who are now looking for other young victims of an alleged predator.Mark Aime Brosseau of Stanton has been charged with one felony count each of lewd acts upon a child, contacting a child with the intent to commit lewd acts, and meeting a child with the intent to engage in lewd conduct. He could get up to five years and four months in state prison if convicted. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday morning in Westminster.
The Huntington Beach Police Department drew headlines earlier this year for arrests that came after an undercover detective posed as a child in Craigslist.org ads. But the busts obviously weren't enough to completely stop the sickos out there. "This arrest indicates the importance of parents monitoring their children's use of the Internet," reads a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Prosecutors and police detectives are seeking the public's help in locating anyone with additional information about the suspect or who believes they have been victimized by him. Contact HBPD Det. Kevin Johnson at 714.960.8834 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at 714.347.8794.
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