Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:30 PM by Sam Salzwedel
Updated: Jan 4, 2013 8:35 PM
TUCSON - Police posed as an 11-year-old girl on Facebook to arrest a man for child prostitution and other charges.
Jesus Ballesteros, 28, was arrested and charged with 4 felonies Thursday night, according to Tucson Police. Det. Daniel Barry believes more charges will be filed.
Ballesteros offered money to have sex with an 11-year-old girl and shoot video of it, according to a search warrant.
The girl's mother found an inappropriate picture on her daughter's tablet computer. She logged in to the girl's Facebook account and found several days worth of messages, according to a warrant.
Ballesteros was using the alias "Ryan Aclown," according to TPD. Almost all of "Aclown's" friends were underage girls.
"He was pretty sly in what he was doing," Barry said. "He was very smooth in the way he talked, and he got people to trust him. He did get some of the juveniles to send him pictures."
The girl's mother gave police permission to assume her daughter's identity on Facebook and continue the conversation.
After the detective took over the account, "Aclown" said he was 20 years old, and the girl admitted she was 11, according to the warrant. The conversation still continued.
"We want the parents to know that they need to go into their kids' Facebook accounts," Barry said. "Take a look in there. See what they're talking about. See who they're talking to."
"Aclown" told the girl he was excited because she would be his youngest partner. He said he previously had sex with a 12-year-old, according to the warrant. Police do not know if that is true.
"That's another one of our concerns," Barry said. "We're hoping that he didn't, but we have a great concern."
Police also provided a cell phone number to "Aclown" and they continued the investigation with text messages.
Police did not know the true identity of "Aclown" before they sent a warrant to Facebook. The warrant read, "It is hopeful that with information provided by Facebook, detectives will be able to identify the man using the identity 'Ryan Aclown.'"
Detectives found inappropriate messages with about 20 other girls. The girls replied in most of the conversations.
Ballesteros has prior convictions for sexual offenses, according to TPD. Police are concerned there may be more victims they do not know about.
Police think there are many more predators online.
"I bet you I'm only getting 10 percent of it," Barry said. "Even with all that training, the technology advances so fast that a lot of the techniques and things that we do, we just can't keep up with the way things are going."
Police want parents to check their kids' Facebook accounts for interaction with "Ryan Aclown" and call 520-837-7596 if they have.
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