A 21-year-old Sacramento man has been arrested for allegedly contacting an 8-year-old girl via Snapchat and asking her to meet with him to have sex, according to the Roseville Police Department.
On Monday, a mother contacted Roseville Police about finding inappropriate Snapchat messages on her daughter's cell phone. Upon further investigation, police discovered 21-year-old Gilberto Garcia-Bejarano of Sacramento had sent the girl sexually explicit photos, asked her to send him nude photos, and asked to meet her to have sex, according to police.
The male knew the victim's age based on the messages, police said.
While acting as the victim, a Roseville Police detective contacted Garcia-Bejarano over the social media platform and arranged to meet him for sexual activity.
On Tuesday, Garcia-Bejarano showed up at the agreed-upon location in Sacramento and was arrested by detectives on suspicion of sending and soliciting sexually explicit material from a minor, attempting to contact a minor for sexual purposes, and possessing false immigration documents.
Garcia-Bejarano is now in custody in the South Placer Jail.
Here are some social media safety tips that Roseville Police posted on their Facebook page:
Monitor your children's use of the Internet; keep your Internet computer in an open, common room of the house.
Tell your kids why it's so important not to disclose personal information online.
Check your kids' profiles and what they post online.
Read and follow the safety tips provided on the sites.
Report inappropriate activity to the website or law enforcement immediately.
Explain to your kids that once images are posted online they lose control of them and can never get them back.
Only allow your kids to post photos or any type of personally identifying information on websites with your knowledge and consent.
Instruct your kids to use privacy settings to restrict access to profiles so only the individuals on their contact lists are able to view their profiles.
Remind kids to only add people they know in real life to their contact lists.
Encourage kids to choose appropriate screen names or nicknames.
Talk to your kids about creating strong passwords.
Visit social networking websites with your kids, and exchange ideas about acceptable versus potentially risky websites.
Ask your kids about the people they are communicating with online.
Make it a rule with your kids that they can never give out personal information or meet anyone in person without your prior knowledge and consent. If you agree to a meeting between your child and someone they met online, talk to the parents/guardians of the other individual first and accompany your kids to the meeting in a public place.
Encourage your kids to consider whether a message is harmful, dangerous, hurtful, or rude before posting or sending it online, and teach your kids not to respond to any rude or harassing remarks or messages that make them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused and to show you the messages instead.
Educate yourself on the websites, software, and apps that your child uses.
Don't forget cell phones! They often have almost all the functionality of a computer.
The FBI offers interactive Safe Online Surfing courses for children in grades 3 through 8. The program includes fun, age-appropriate games and videos for different grade levels on important cyber-safety topics, including password protection, privacy, online predators and cyberbullying. Check them out at https://sos.fbi.gov.