Teen YouTube Star Steven Fernandez Arrested For Sexual Exploitation Of 12-Year-Old Girl
Steven Fernandez, a 15-year-old pro-skateboarding YouTube star, was arrested in Los Angeles for the alleged sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old girl.
His manager, Jose Barajas, 22, and another professional skater, Keelan Lamar Dadd, 27, were also arrested. Fernandez will be tried as an adult.
The alleged victim contacted investigators in mid-November, according to a statement released by the LAPD on Thursday.
The 12-year-old girl told police “Fernandez had called her over to a car on Ventura Boulevard and used his celebrity as a skater to make an acquaintance with the minor and get her into the car, which was driven by Jose Barajas, 22, Fernandez’s manager.”
The YouTube star allegedly “promised to introduce the girl to A-list performers and appear in Fernandez’s nonexistent MTV special in return for her engaging in sexual acts with Fernandez, Barajas, and Keelan Lamar Dadd, 27, the third man charged in the case.”
Fernandez and Barajas were arrested on Nov. 17 after a sting operation. Cops posed as the 12-year-old girl in a text message “arranging to meet in an abandoned home for sex.” When the skater and his manager showed up, they were arrested.
Dadd turned himself in on Dec. 3.
Fernandez was released to his mother and was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet.
The police added: “We want parents to look at the names and pictures of the defendants and ask their daughters if there’s been any contact. The suspects tended to cruise West San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, and Compton, looking for young girls to solicit.”
Oh my gosh. Be safe out there kids!