A Santa Ana man was arrested for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl he met online, and police Friday urged any other possible victims to contact detectives.
Brayan Padilla-Gomez, 22, was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and child molestation, and bail was set at $1 million, police said.
The girl told police she met Padilla-Gomez online during the month of October, 2021, police said.
“Padilla-Gomez picked up the victim and drove her to his home, where he sexually assaulted her and video recorded the incident,” police said in a statement.
“Padilla-Gomez sent the video to the victim’s friend, who is also a minor, and attempted to meet her with the intent to engage in sex acts and provide her drugs,” police said. “The victim became aware of the video after speaking to her friend and immediately called the police.”
Padilla-Gomez was arrested during a sting operation, police said.
Detectives believe there may be other victims of the suspect, and urged people with information on the case to contact Detective Jorge Gaeta at 714-245-8706 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.