A 36-year-old man accused of soliciting an underage girl over the internet for sexual purposes in Corona was behind bars Friday on $500,000 bail.
Steven Michael Rawley of Corona was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside Thursday on suspicion contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sex offense, among other allegations.
Rawley was targeted by investigators with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. A 16-year-old girl reported to law enforcement she was “sexually exploited for money via social media/internet,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Rawley was one of the men whose name came up during that investigation, the department said.
Sgt. Robert Menchaca said additional victims of Rawley’s were also located, accounting for the high bail amount.
Rawley is set to appear at the Riverside Hall of Justice as soon as Monday, jail records show.
The task force targeted Rawley late last year regarding similar allegations.
The Hemet Police Department sought Rawley for allegedly exploiting a minor under similar circumstances. During the course of that investigation, a YouTube video posted by the citizen watch group Arizona Predator Prevention was discovered that purported to show Rawley attempting to engage a 15-year-old for sex in Mohave County, Arizona.
“The undercover account posed as a fake 15-year-old girl,” the sheriff’s department alleged. “Rawley propositioned the undercover account for sexual acts, and even after being informed several times that `she’ was 15.”
Rawley was arrested by the task force in February regarding that investigation, but felony charges have not yet been filed. It was unclear if he has any pending criminal charges in Arizona.
He has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County.
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