The FBI is asking for the public’s help to identify possible victims of Nikko Adolfo Perez, 26, of Atwater, California, who is currently in federal custody charged with luring and sexually exploited two young boys online.
A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Perez charging him with one count each of sexual exploitation of children, one count of coercion or enticement of a minor, and one count of receipt of child pornography, in September, which was announced by U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott.
The FBI says they know there are more victims out there, and are asking anyone with information on additional potential victims of Perez, to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at http://tips.fbi.gov.
Perez, allegedly using the Instagram screen name captainamerica272018, victimized two boys, ages 8 and 10, in Utah by coercing them into creating and then sending to him images of them engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Perez offered to pay the boys with Google Play credits if they engaged in requested sexual acts or poses. When one of the victims said he would “call 911,” Perez threatened to disseminate images of the victims engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
He also threatened to harm family members of the victims. Perez used Omegle, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, and other social media apps.
(Please share. Are you sure your kids know who they’re talking to online? If someone demands sexual images from you, stop immediately and report it. In this PSA, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) explore the dangers of sharing images online. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube.)
Aliases alleged to have been used during communication with victims include: calicomrade, rere752, myxamatosis1992, bodysnatcherr1, Nikkonik92, and Captainamerica272018.
If you have information regarding the pending prosecution, or you believe you or someone you know may have been victimized by Nikko Adolfo Perez, the FBI asks that you come forward, as victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under federal law.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Salt Lake City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offices in Salt Lake City and Fresno. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Gappa is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Perez faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison for the sexual exploitation count, a mandatory minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life in prison for the coercion and enticement count, and five to 20 years in prison for the count of receipt of child pornography.
For all counts there is a potential $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release.
The case against Perez was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, who was selected as a 2018 Platinum ‘Excellence in Homeland Security’ Honoree in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
(Learn More about how Nationwide PSC partner the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is responding to the ever-changing threats to children online. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube. Posted in Oct 2018.)
Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.
Please contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) and selecting the option for the Nikko Adolfo Perez investigation.
You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
(Project Safe Childhood – It doesnt matter who you are, it doesnt matter what youve achieved. Download sexual images of children or entice a minor online and you have committed a serious federal crime. You will go to prison and it will ruin your life. Courtesy of Project Safe Childhood and YouTube.)
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