A San Diego man who posed as a modeling agent to take compromising photos of women and extort sex from them will spend 11 years and four months in prison, prosecutors say.
Maverick Mendez Rosales, 24, was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty in January to felony charges of oral copulation, sexual assault and human trafficking of a minor.
Prosecutors said Rosales had run a fictitious modeling agency for years.
“He took to social media and started a fake modeling business and pretended to be different people through text messages and computers. They think it was a much bigger business, and because of that, many of them feel comfortable meeting with Mr. Rosales,” Assistant District Attorney Martin Doyle said of the victims.
Rosales solicited the women using sites such as Craigslist and Facebook, Doyle said.
He had at least three young women pose for nude photos and then threatened to post the photos on the internet or to the women’s families if they did not perform sex acts or pay him money, prosecutors said. One of the women was extorted because of her nude photos for two years.
“They were all very traumatized by it,” Doyle said. “It’s a violent crime under the penal code, and because of that, Mr. Rosales will have to do most of the 11 years, four months before his release.”
Doyle commended the San Diego Police and the Human Trafficking Task Force for their work. He said the victims are happy with the sentence.
Although none attended the sentencing, one of the women submitted a letter asking him to repay her $2,000.
Rosales was initially charged with extortion, two counts of forced oral copulation, one count of forcible rape, and sexual assault, to which he pleaded not guilty. However, some of those charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea as part of the plea deal.