The 28-year-old man from Texas City turned himself in. Police believe, however, that there may be other victims.
LEAGUE CITY, Texas — The man accused of sexually assaulting a child he met through an app has turned himself in after seeing photos of him circulating online.
The suspect is identified as Texas City resident Joel Christopher Acuna. 28.
League City Police said he turned himself in on Tuesday after his photos went viral on social media due to an alert issued by their department.
“This is me on Facebook,” he said, quoting police.
Acuna has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony. He is in jail on $250,000 bond.
The attack happened on December 8, 2019.
Police said the child, under the age of 14, was contacted through the LIKEE app by Acuna. Acuna told her that he wanted to offer her a modeling contract and that they needed to send a representative to her house.
The victim gave Acuna his address at 11:37 a.m. Just 15 minutes later, at 11:52 a.m., Acuna arrived at the victim’s home and assaulted her, according to police.
Police said the LIKEE app is similar to the TikTok app, but LIKEE lets you find people near you using your GPS.
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The LIKEE app is operated in China, but most of its users are in Europe, according to League City police.
At a press conference, police said there could be more cases and encouraged parents to talk to their children about being contacted to model.
Call 281-338-4189 if you think you know another victim.