On January 23rd, we posted an article on our website regarding the investigation of an online predator who had sexually assaulted 13 year-old females. The suspect was arrested by detectives of the Azusa Police Department, and a court date was scheduled. To read the original article, click here
On February 17th, 2015, Steven Ernesto Alfaro (22 years old of Azusa) was in court, and pled guilty to one count of forcible rape, two counts of lewd acts with a child, and was sentenced to 14 years in state prison. Alfaro agreed to become a "3rd Strike" convicted felon, and will have to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life.
Due to the actions of the initial responding police officer, a swift and successful investigation by the Azusa Police Department's Detective Bureau, and the prosecution efforts of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Steven Ernesto Alfaro will not cause harm to any more of our community's children for a long time.
This case is a perfect reminder for parents to monitor their children's activities on social media. Regardless of the social media platform they use, constant supervision needs to be maintained to ensure children do not fall victim to online predators. Some additional steps you can take are:
- Do not allow children to use the internet or cell phones alone in their bedrooms or bathrooms
- Do not allow children to establish ANY accounts without your knowledge or consent
- Consider using social media and cell phone monitoring tools
- Utilize the family safety tools provided by your cell phone provider