A convicted sex offender with horns surgically implanted into his head is accused of trying to lure a 17-year-old girl to his home for sexual purposes by falsely representing himself.
Arturo Martinez, 42, apparently felt he needed to hide his identity, using a false name and disguising his voice to sound female in an effort to lure women to his California home through babysitting services, cleaning services, taxi services and real estate services, according to a release from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said he contacted the women “with the intent to commit a sexual act.”
Authorities were contacted by numerous women who reported the ruse, including a 17-year-old minor. They went to his home Thursday afternoon with a search warrant and arrest warrant. After recovering evidence from his home, Martinez was charged with suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual act.
He has a previous conviction for indecent exposure and is required to register as a sex offender, the sheriff’s office said.
According to deputies, he tried to solicit the “numerous” women to his home using social media and website services. The women were reportedly from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Phelan and Victorville.
Investigators believe Martinez may have additional victims as well and released several photos of Martinez to the media in the hopes of gathering additional information about his activities.
They encouraged anyone who had experienced a similar incident to contact the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station.
According to jail records, Martinez is currently being held at the High Desert Detention Center on $500,000 bail.
[Photos: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office]
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