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Police Charge Alleged Snapchat Sex Predator Who They Say Lured Underage Girls To His Home To Rape Them
Dominic Yocco, 19, is accused of sexually assaulting numerous underage girls, some of whom were unconscious.
The Missouri man wanted by authorities since July for allegedly using Snapchat to lure and then rape multiple underage girls, surrendered and was formally charged.
Dominic Yocco, 19, was booked at the St. Louis County Justice Center late Wednesday, police confirmed.
He faces multiple counts of rape and assault, according to a released statement by St. Louis County Police.
The department publicly hailed its citizens’ efforts to help bring Yocco into custody.
“Thank you for your tips, calls and messages,” St. Louis County Police Department posted on their social media account. “They were extremely instrumental in bringing him to justice!”
Police stepped up efforts to bring the Florissant man into custody Monday, circulating a mugshot of Yocco and asking the public for help in tracking him down because they feared he could victimize other girls.
"Investigators believe there could be other victims," according to the original post.
Yocco allegedly targeted young girls from Nov. 17, 2016 to July 3, 2018 using Snapchat and other social media apps.
Police say he managed to get the girls to come to his home and then he would rape them.
"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," Officer Tracy Panus told KMOV4.
According to a probable cause statement, a 16-year-old girl came forward to tell cops Yocco had twice had sex with her without her consent.
During the rapes, Yocco allegedly “held the girl down, slapped her and had a gun nearby,” the statement reads. He then allegedly “struck the victim in the face.”
Subsequently, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old each claimed to investigators that Yocco had sex with them while they were unconscious.
A 14-year-old girl also told police that Yocco sexually attacked her when she was unconscious and added that he "pinched her."
And two more 15-year-old girls accused Yocco of having sex with them against their will.
Yocco is due back in court for a bond hearing on Sept. 20, court records show.