On December 8, 2019, the victim, a girl under the age of 14, was contacted by someone via the LIKEE application under the pretext of becoming a model.
According to police, the person who reached out to the child told him she was going to offer him a modeling sponsorship.
“The person said they had to send a representative to make a personal assessment,” said League City Police public information officer John Griffith.
During the conversation, the child gave his address. At approximately 11:52 a.m. that day, a man arrived home in a dark-colored car believed to be a 2014 or 2015 Hyundai Accent sedan.
The suspect entered the house and assaulted her, police said.
After posting the photos from the surveillance video on Facebook, Griffith said a man identified as Joel Christopher Acuna turned himself in and confessed around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“He showed up at the police station with his phone and said, ‘This is me on Facebook,'” Griffith said.
Police say Acuna has been charged with aggravated sexual assault with a child warrant and is being held on $250,000 bond.
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