The Anaheim Police Department and Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) have jointly put out the word that they are seeking potential other victims of 23-year-old Victor Alfonso Pineda, who is accused of posing as a teen-age boy on Facebook to extort sexually explicit photos from underage girls.
Pineda allegedly used a boy's image to pose as a high school student on Facebook between Oct. 12, 2013, and Feb. 20, 2014, meeting six girls ages 12 to 14, according to the OCDA. He is accused of having persuaded a 14-year-old girl to send him nude pictures of herself between Jan. 17 and Feb. 20 of this year. Pineda then threatened to show the photos to other high school students if the girl did not send him more nude stills and videos, the OCDA charges.
Next Pineda told the 14-year-old to take nude photos of a 12-year-old female relative, who he also contacted through Facebook and extorted her into sending additional nudes of herself and an adult female relative, according to the OCDA. After the 12-year-old showed the Facebook messages to the adult relative, she contacted the Anaheim Police Department, which launched an investigation that produced other girls Pineda had extorted nude photos from via Facebook, claim prosecutors.
He was charged Friday with seven felony counts of contacting a minor with intent to possess child pornography, three felony counts of threatening for extortion, two felony counts of extortion by force or threat and two felony counts of attempting to use a minor for sex acts.
Pineda, who was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail heading into a March 5 pre-trial hearing in Fullerton, faces up to 11 years and four months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration with a conviction.
Meanwhile, the investigation–and hunt for other possible victims–continues. Anyone with additional information or who thinks they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at 714.347.8794 or Anaheim Police Detective Michael Cunha at 714.765.1976.
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