CORAL SPRINGS, FL – More than a year ago, an 11-year-old Coral Springs girl met someone on Instagram whom she thought was a 16-year-old girl, and, before long, she provided the person pornographic photos of herself.
After a lengthy investigation, Coral Springs police said they caught up to that person - Adrian Fierros, 21, of Sylmar, CA – and determined he had 80 victims, ages 10-14, who he extorted and threatened their families if his demands for illicit photographs and sexually explicit videos were not met.
On Wednesday, Coral Springs officials sent out a news release detailing how they tracked down Fierros and arrested him.
On June 30, Fierros was sentenced on federal charges and received a 30-year prison sentence, $800 fine, and a $5,000 JVTA (Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act) assessment, the release said. After completing his sentence, Fierros will be a sex offender who will need to update his location every three months for the rest of his life.
The case started on March 5, 2019, when the 11-year-old victim reported what happened to Coral Springs Officer Frank Marinez, who told her to block the person, who turned out to be Fierros, on Instagram, the release said.
As police investigated, the girl told officers that Fierros shared her illicit photographs with six of her friends (ages 9-11) via social media. With the assistance of Coral Springs School Resource Officer Janice Bator, the girls who received the photographs were located using their social media screen names, the release said.
Coral Springs Police Special Victim’s Unit also found and interviewed many of the other victims who lived in eight states.
Eventually, Coral Springs Detective Jason Carter, serving as a Task Force Officer for the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, went to California and arrested Fierros who later admitted to his crimes, the release said.
The Coral Springs Police Department said in the news release:
“Parents should discuss the proper do’s and don’ts of social media with their children, especially if they are engaging in any of the popular social media platforms.
“We want to stress to our youngest members on these platforms that if you are asked to do something that feels uncomfortable, stop and think before you send anything, especially if it’s to someone you met through a social platform.
“The best way to prevent situations like these from happening is education and discussion.”
If you are a victim of an internet crime, or other crimes, call the Coral Springs police at 954-344-1800.
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