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FONTANA: Mentone man arrested in sexting case

19 Mar

Explicit photos and text messages to two girls has landed a 37-year-old Mentone man in jail on suspicion of sex-related charges, according to Fontana police and jail records.

Brian John Ross was arrested at 5:35 p.m. Thursday at Sierra and Merrill Avenues in Fontana and booked for investigation of contacting a minor and arranging to meet with a minor via the Internet for the purpose of having sex, jail records show. His bail is $50,000.

The crimes began March 13 when a 10-year-old Fontana girl received a text message from a man who later identified himself as Brian who said he was 38, police said in a written statement.

Brian sent (the girl) a facial shot along with a photo of him exposed, according to the statement.

“Brian asked (the girl) to send him pictures of herself,” according to the statement.

Similar text messages were sent to the girl’s 13-year-old cousin from Redlands.

The next morning, the Fontana girl told her teacher of the situation, prompting notification of school and city police. After officers brought the girls to police headquarters, arrangements were made for a meeting between Brian and the girls at a local restaurant.

“Undercover officers were aware of the situation and, when Brian showed up, he was taken into custody,” according to the statement. “According to investigators, the suspect would randomly text phone numbers until someone responded.”

Police recommend that parents talk to their children about the dangers of unknown callers, text messages and other electronic communications.

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