Crime

Selma man arrested, accused of sexually exploiting boys through Internet

A Selma man facing more than a dozen charges of sexual abuse against teenage boys has been booked into Fresno County Jail, Sheriff Margaret Mims said Wednesday.

He was identified as Jose Ricardo Carrillo Montes, 27, commonly known as Ricardo Carrillo. At a press conference, Mims said deputies began investigating Carrillo in September after receiving a report from a teenage boy who said he had been sexually exploited through the Internet. Detectives learned Carrillo contacted the boy by posing as a 19-year-old woman and that they exchanged sexually explicit photos.

When the boy learned Carrillo was a man, Carrillo threatened to release the boy’s photos to his family, friends and in his neighborhood. The boy eventually cut off communication with Carrillo and reported the incident to law enforcement.

Detectives obtained a warrant and searched Carrillo’s home in the 2700 block of Northhill Street in Selma and arrested him on Sept. 19. He posted bond and bailed out of jail on Oct. 3, 2014. Mims said detectives continued their investigation and he was re-arrested Monday. That’s when investigators learned Carrillo also targeted at least four other boys and offered money in exchange for pictures. He also blackmailed two boys into meeting him for sexual acts. Agents from the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force made the arrest at a house in the 400 block of North Gladys Avenue in Dinuba

Mims had a warning for parents: Know what your kids are doing with their computers, phone and tablets and beware of apps such as “Whisper” and “Kik,” which are used by predators to stalk their young victims.

“Once these images are transmitted electronically, they’re out there forever,” she said. “Take those devices, know what your kid’s passwords are, do some research into what these apps are to make sure your children aren’t compromised like these young boys were.”

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