Santa Ana Man Arrested For Allegedly Molesting 13-Year-Old He Met Online

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SANTA ANA (CNS) - A Santa Ana man was arrested for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl he met online, and police today 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; or call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1- 855-TIP-OCCS.

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