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Alleged Sex Predator Lured Underage Girls Through Snapchat To His Home Where He Raped Them, Cops Say
Several of the girls Dominic Salvatore Yocco is accused of raping said he sexually assaulted them when they were unconcious.
A Missouri man is accused of luring a string of underage girls, one as young as 13, to his home through social media and then raping them.
Dominic Salvatore Yocco, 19, of Florissant, is being sought by authorities who have issued rape charges against him, the St. Louis County Police Department posted on Monday.
They stated that Yocco is “considered a sexual predator and is not in custody.” He is accused of raping at least five victims, all under the age of 16 at the time of the assaults, adding “investigators believe there could be other victims.”
"Every day that we don't catch him, there could be another victim so we definitely need to get him into custody immediately," St. Louis County Officer Tracy Panus told KMOV in St. Louis.
Yocco met his alleged victims “through SnapChat or other social media apps,” according to investigators.
"This gentleman has posted stories on his Snapchat where he's luring these girls in. He's posting stuff on his story that enables him to reach these young girls; he goes and picks them up, brings them to his house where he rapes them, sexually molests them and then he brings them home," Panus told KMOV.
The youngest victim is 13, according to the station. She, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old told investigators Yocco raped them when they were unconscious, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. A 16-year-old girl said Yocco held her down and hit her in the face while raping her, all while a gun sat nearby.
Police have been searching for Yocco since July, when he was charged with four counts of first-degree rape, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of second-degree rape, and one count of first-degree statutory rape. Last month, Yocco was added to the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers "most wanted" list of fugitives.
Anyone who thinks they have been victimized by Yocco are urged to call St. Louis County Police Department detectives at 314-615-5400.