US Imprisons Man Who Exploited Children Via Social Media
A sexual predator who used social media apps to victimize minors has been sent to prison in the United States.
Jacob Blanco, of Fresno, California, used several ruses to manipulate children as young as six years old into producing sexually explicit material and then sharing it with him.
Using apps including Musical.ly (now TikTok), Kik and Snapchat, the 29-year-old offender posed as a child modeling agent or pretended to be a minor himself to deceive his victims.
Police became aware of Blanco's illegal activity in March 2017 after being contacted by the parents of a six-year-old child. The parents alerted authorities after discovering that their child had communicated with another user on Musical.ly and had created sexually explicit images at the request of that user.
An investigation into the incident led law enforcement to Blanco, and a search warrant was obtained to search his residence and digital devices. That search revealed that Blanco had successfully persuaded and coerced multiple minors to create sexually explicit material.
In May 2020, Blanco pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and receipt and distribution of material involving sexual exploitation