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Internet child safety sting leads to multiple arrests

Posted: June 10, 2014 5:18 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2014 5:18 p.m.

LASD – Special Victims Bureau Internet Child Safety Sting Leads to Multiple Arrests

Brown, Steven, male adult 64 years-old
Dufrene, Joseph, male adult 55 years-old
Mancuso, Ernest, male adult 63 years-old

In conjunction with Internet Safety Month, which takes place in June, the Special Victims Bureau Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team conducted multiple proactive “sting” operations involving the sexual exploitation of children. These Child Sexual Exploitation Operations targeted child predators using the Internet as a means to engage children.

The first operation was conducted on May 14, 2014, wherein a 64 year-old computer programmer from the Santa Clarita Valley area was advertising for a young girl to engage in a sexual liaison.

The second operation was conducted on May 27, 2014, wherein a 55 year-old aerospace worker from the Palmdale area, advertised to meet a younger female to have “daddy/daughter role play fun.”

The third operation was conducted on June 4, 2014, wherein a 63 year-old male from the Alhambra area advertised to engage a young female in a “daddy/daughter” relationship.

The three suspects believed they were communicating with an underage 14 year-old girl. Each had multiple opportunities to terminate the meetings they each arranged. All three suspects travelled from various locations to local parks in hopes of meeting a minor for sexual purposes, thereby committing a lewd act.

At pre-arranged meeting locations, each suspect was met by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Special Victims Bureau SAFE Team and the Federal Bureau of Investigation SAFE Team Task Force. All were arrested and charged with arranging to meet a minor for the purpose of a lewd act.

Mr. Brown and Mr. Dufrene were released after posting $75,000 bonds and pending their arraignment. Mr. Mancuso remains in custody in lieu of $85,000 bail.

The SAFE Team conducts online sexual exploitation investigations involving children for the entire LASD jurisdiction.

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