Suspect arrested for alleged blackmail of teen and forcing him into sex acts
May 4, 2022, 6:42 PM | Updated: 6:43 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — An adult pretending to be a teen girl was arrested on suspicion of using pornographic images sent by a teen child to blackmail him into having sexual encounters.
Carlos Arturo Aparichio-Hernandez was investigated and arrested by West Valley Police Department that listed 13 potential felonies on court documents, including multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, enticing a minor by internet or text and aggravated sexual extortion of a child.
Probable cause documents request Aparicio-Hernandez not be released on bail because of a “substantial danger” to the community and because of immigration violations.
Police investigated Aparichio-Hernandez after a teen victim reported he had been befriended online by who he thought was a teen girl that was approximately his age. They exchanges pictures, including compromising images of the victim. The victim was then told if he didn’t meet for sexual encounters, those images would be sent to his mother.
The victim told police he met twice and engaged in sex acts that were shot on video. The victim also told police Aparicio-Hernandez showed him images of “very young females” and told him the girls had also had sexual encounters with him. On another encounter the victim said he was picked up in a car for sex acts.
Investigators said they used the victim’s social media account to communicate with Aparicio-Hernandez to examine images exchanged and to arrange another encounter. Using the account, a meeting was set for April 29 and then officers took Aparicio-Hernandez, also known as Daniela Aparicio-Hernandez, into custody.
Police said Aparicio-Hernandezes waived Miranda rights and confirmed the victim’s report of sexual acts and said they were recorded on a cell phone. The suspect also told to police that they had been attracted to minors since they were young and said the point of the meeting was to have sexual relations with the victim and admitted to making threats about sharing images to the victim’s friends and family.
The affidavit of probable cause also petitioned for a warrant of the suspect’s phone.
Police arrested Aparichio-Hernandez and said there was probable cause to charge the following crimes:
- Four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor
- Aggravated sexual extortion of a child
- Four counts of forcible sodomy
- Four counts of enticing a minor by internet or text
Any official charges will be filed prosecutors and everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.