Man Arrested for Trying to Seduce Teenage Girl
Carpinteria - May 2ndt, 2012
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Ventura County man for sending sexually explicit photos to a teenage girl in Carpinteria.
At approximately 10:30am on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, a Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in Carpinteria when he observed the suspect and the girl walking out of Marsh Park. Due to the time of day and the apparent age of the girl, the deputy stopped and questioned both subjects.
The deputy learned that the girl had skipped school to be with the 23-year old suspect who she had met on the internet. Further investigation revealed that the man had sent sexually explicit photos from his cell phone to the girl’s cell phone. When told that the suspect was 23-years old, the girl said that she was led to believe that he was younger.
Sheriff’s deputies booked Joel Arana (DOB 5/7/88) of Fillmore into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $20,000 bail for sending harmful material to a minor with intent to seduce (288.2(a) PC), which is a felony.
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