A man from Santa Rosa, California is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. According to KRON, Francisco Aparicio Cortes exchanged thousands of messages with the child over Snapchat.
Cortes was arrested after he was caught allegedly peeping into that 11-year-old’s home, KTVU reported. The victim’s dad allegedly spotted a man in his backyard with a flashlight, peering into his daughter’s bedroom in the middle of the night on December 21.
The concerned dad called the police, who arrived to find Cortes in his vehicle with its lights shut off, attempting to drive away. He was arrested on suspicion of peeping, according to KTVU.
But it didn’t end there. The girl’s father then discovered a disturbing chain of sexual messages exchanged over Snapchat between his daughter and Cortes, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department. The dad believes, based on the sexual nature of those messages, that his daughter may have been sexually assaulted.
“On December 22, the father went to the police department with information that suggested Cortes had sexually assaulted the 11-year-old girl,” police stated in a press release. As a response, a domestic violence and sexual assault detective started an investigation.
Cortes has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a minor, and he is being held on $1 million bail. It remains unclear if he has obtained an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Police are unsure how old Cortes is.
“He is either 24 or 28 years old, and has provided different dates of birth during various interactions with law enforcement in California,” police stated in a press release.
Police also have instructions for those who may have information on this case: “If anyone has information regarding this case, please call the DVSA tip line number; (707) 543-4040. Please DO NOT call any other numbers to provide information in this case.”
[Photo: Santa Rosa Police Department]