RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Sex Acts with a Minor Arrest|
|Written Date:||February 2, 2021||Time:||4:30 PM|
|Incident Date:||February 2, 2021||Time:||10:45 AM|
|Incident Location:||Ridgeline Dr., Corona|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Robert Menchaca|
On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) received a referral from the Hemet Police Department regarding the possible sex trafficking of a minor. During the course of the investigation, investigators found the minor was being sexually exploited for money via social media/internet. One of the men having sexual contact with the minor was identified as Steven Rawley, 35, of Corona.
As the investigation continued, investigators found a YouTube video posted on February 19, 2019 by Arizona Predator Prevention (APP), a citizen watch group, of an incident that occurred in December 2018 in Mohave County, Arizona. In the video, Steven Rawley contacted an undercover account online which had been set up by APP. The undercover account posed as a fake 15-year-old girl. Rawley propositioned the undercover account for sexual acts, and even after being informed several times that “she” was 15, Rawley set up a meeting for sex. The video shows the citizens confronting Rawley about the online conversations in a parking lot.
On Tuesday, February 2, 2021 the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force served a search warrant for Rawley’s apartment and vehicle. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of numerous electronic devices and Rawley's arrest. Rawley was charged with contacting a minor with intent to commit kidnapping or sex offenses, arranging a meeting with a minor to commit a sex offense, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor over 3 years younger than the perpetrator, all felonies.
The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has reason to believe there are additional victims in Riverside County and in Mohave County, Arizona. RCAHT is asking anyone with additional information to contact RCAHT - Deputy Mario Chavez at (951) 422-1141 or (951) 955-1700 and reference incident #R203250003.
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