27-year-old Edgar Carrizalez of Fontana, California was recently arrested on child porn charges. Police in California were notified by police in Texas that a 12-year-old girl had received an explicit unsolicited photo by someone on Snapchat.
This led investigators to Carrizalez who was said to have a plethora of child porn on a number of his devices. He was also said to be posing as a 16-year-old boy to talk to underage girls on several social media apps including Snapchat, Kik, TikTok, Discord, and some that I’ve never even heard of.
Carrizalez is being held without bail and police believe he may have more victims.
Anyone with information about Carrizalez can contact Fontana police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Carrizalez may have more victims, I can only comment on the one instance we know about. I can’t stress this enough that 12-year-olds should not be on social media unattended let alone on Snapchat. Snapchat’s TOS says that users have to be at least 13 but I doubt anyone at Snapchat is checking IDs at the door. Even so, Snapchat has been overrun with predators like this. If you are a parent to a child who’s on Snapchat, check their account settings to make sure their profiles aren’t public.
If they are public, you’re just leaving a virtual window open to your child’s life.