FRESNO, Calif. (ABC4 News) – A 26-year-old California man pleaded guilty Monday to the sexual exploitation of children, coercion, and enticement of a minor, and receipt and distribution of child pornography of two young Utah boys, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
In a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Nikko Adolfo Perez used Instagram to victimize two boys, ages 8 and 10, in Utah by coercing them to create and send him images of them engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Under the screen name of captainamerica272018, Perez offered money to the boys with Google Play credits if they engaged in sexual acts or poses. One of the boys said he would call 911 and Perez threatened to spread the images of the victims and threatened to their families, according to documents.
Perez admitted in a plea agreement that he used Skype, Kik, Discord, Snapchat, and LiveMe to communicate with between 50 and 100 minors for the purpose of soliciting sexually explicit images of those minors, according to the press release.
He admitted to investigators he paid victims to pose nude or engage in sexually explicit activities, sometimes with other minors.
Perez is scheduled to be sentenced on May 20, 2019.
Perez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 – 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation, a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life for coercion and enticement and a 5 – 20 years for receipt of child pornography.
He also faces a $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said his actual sentence will be determined at the discretion of the court.
Investigators are also concerned about additional victims and have asked the public to come forward with any information they may have.
Investigators are aware of additional victims who have yet to be identified and have asked the public for help. Perez used several different aliases during communication with victims including calicomrade, rere752, myxamatosis1992, bodysnatcherr1, and Nikkonik92.
Salt Lake City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Salt Lake City helped Fresno in their investigation.
If you have any information about other possible victims, please contact the FBI by calling 1-800-225-5324 and selecting the option for the Nikko Adolfo Perez investigation. You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.