27-year-old Josh Manuel Magana, of Whittier, California, is accused of allegedly extorting under age girls into sex using the mobile messaging app Kik.
Here’s what parents and kids need to know about how Magana is said to have found one of his victims…
Detectives said 27-year-old Josh Manuel Magana had learned enough about the victim through her social media posts to convince her that he knew where she lived and what school she attended.
As I’ve said before, online predators don’t need very much information from your kids’ social media accounts to find out where they live, work or go to school. The most innocent picture could provide them with the information they may need. Anyway, back to Magana.
Using the screen name “thegiftedmonster”, Magana reportedly threatened his victim into sending him explicit pictures. Once he received the pictures, he then threatened the victim into having sex with him or he would make the pictures public. One of his victims didn’t even come forward until she was contacted by police. Magana is accused of using this scheme to sexually assault both a 16 and 17-year-old girl in two separate incidents, but let’s be honest, this is nothing short of rape.
Police believe that Magana may have more victims…
Detectives said they believe Magana has more victims, and urged anyone who had been contacted by “thegiftedmonster” to call the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force at (323) 526-5156.
Magana is being held on close to $1M bail.
UPDATE 7/19/2017: Magana was sentenced to 31 years behind bars after pleading no contest to two counts of forcible oral copulation, forcible rape, forcible rape of a an underage victim and extortion.