MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WJZ/ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md.)–A California man has been arrested for sexual solicitation of a 15-year-old girl in Anne Arundel County.
The Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit initiated an investigation on March 11 after the victim’s father found out his daughter was communicating with a man–now identified as 25-year-old Murray Lee Chesak, of Ontario, Calif.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Festivities Began In Baltimore County Sunday Evening
Through interviews and forensic examinations of electronic devices, detectives learned Chesak knew how old the victim was and had been communicating with her electronically since she was 13.
Authorities say Chesak solicited the child victim to send him sexually explicit videos and photographs, which she did.
Detectives say Chesak was making arrangements to fly to Maryland in the beginning of April to meet the victim and had even booked a hotel room in the Annapolis area in order to engage in sexual relations with the child.
The meeting did not happen. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Chesak with sexual solicitation of a minor.READ MORE: Man Who Shot Wicomico Sheriff's Deputy Indicted On 18 Charges
Last Wednesday, Anne Arundel County Police Child Abuse Unit coordinated the arrest of Chesak with law enforcement authorities in California.
He is currently incarcerated in the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., awaiting extradition to Anne Arundel County.
Police ask parents to consider the following tips to help monitor minors on social media sites:
- Make sure your child’s computer is placed in a family area.
- Make sure your child’s IM screen name doesn’t reveal any identifying information about a child especially things like a name, age, location, year of birth, school name, and year of graduation as Internet predators often use screen names to select their potential targets.
- If you don’t know how to work a computer, have your child show you how. Tell them to show you which sites are some good informational sites, and where they surf the web.
- Ask your child if they have pictures on their Facebook page or on other social media sites. You can either tell your child to remove all pictures and personal information (address, school, age, etc.) or have he/she set their account to private. For teens, setting their account to private will allow them to keep their web page without soliciting personal information. If set to private, only their friends can see their profile. Also make sure that people on their friends list are only friends they have met and are close with.
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