|For Immediate Release
August 22, 2006
Public Affairs Counsel
(714) 347-8408 Office
(714) 323-4486 Cell
FIRST OF 13 CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED CHILD MOLEST AFTER INTERNET POLICE STING PLEADS GUILTY
*Exchanged lewd messages and went to meet a fictional 12-year-old girl
SANTA ANA – First of the 13 men, ages ranging from 19 to 51, charged after law enforcement conducted an internet sexual predator operation, plead guilty today before the Honorable Kazaharu Makino. Ryan Arnell Mount, 30, North Hollywood, unemployed, plead guilty to the court to attempted lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and misdemeanor possession of a methamphetamine pipe. The maximum exposure on the case is four years in state prison. Under the plea agreement with the judge, the maximum he could receive is 18 months in state prison. Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Fell, who is prosecuting this case, is advocating for a 3-year sentence. Mount will be sentenced on October 20, 2006, in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, in Santa Ana.
In February of 2006, a citizen group called Perverted-justice.com helped gather the internet chats from 13 accused sexual predators. All of these men were charged with attempted lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. In addition, one was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Another was charged with sending an explicit image over the internet.
On February 19, 2006, Mount began engaging in internet chats with a girl he thought was 12 years old. He later traveled from North Hollywood to Laguna Beach at 1:30 a.m. with condoms and lubricant with the belief the girl’s parents were out of town. He was met by law enforcement officials in a Laguna Beach home. The operation was conducted in cooperation with the Laguna Beach Police Department, Orange County Probation and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The facts of the other cases are similar in nature. All of them are accused of engaging in internet chats with fictional 12 or 13-year-old girls for hours and sometimes days. The chats detailed explicit, graphic sex talks including oral sex, masturbation and intercourse. One man sent pornographic pictures. Others exchanged regular photographs. One took a pornographic DVD to the meeting. Many of them worried about being detected by law enforcement or parents. Many of them took sexual paraphernalia, cameras, food, flowers and alcohol to their meeting. One of the men left his own 13-year-old daughter to have sex with a fictional 13-year-old girl. These men came from all over Southern California and held many jobs, including a law enforcement officer.
“Any person sick enough to lure children through cyber space should worry that they may be talking to law enforcement or someone who will turn them in. They unfortunately bypass most forms of parental vigilance. They come into homes behind locked doors, behind alarm systems, around the watchful eyes of parents who believe their children are safe in their room studying and working on the computer,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “These predators are taking advantage of children’s innocence, boredom, loneliness, insecurities and thirst for acceptance and love.”
“We are at war with child predators who want to take our children hostage to satisfy their sick perversion. This is a war we must win,” stated Rackauckas.
The other defendants include a then-lieutenant of California Highway Patrol, Stephen Robert Deck, 51, of Carlsbad. Others include: Robert Carlos Alarcia, 29, Los Angeles, pharmaceutical tech; Deep Arora, 20, Placentia, unemployed; Shih-Hung Chuang, 31, Hacienda Heights, importer; Nery Roberto Folgar, 29, Alta Dena, salesperson; Benjamin Paul McAlister, 21, Loomis, student; David Phuong Pham, 30, Los Angeles, unemployed; Jonathan Augustine Reese, 40, Westchester, coffee shop supervisor; Norindra Say, 34, Tustin, engineer; Benjamin Alan Taul, 28, Placentia, bartender; Jimmy Miguel Varela, 32, Norwalk, unemployed; and John Inkyoo Yi, 43, Anaheim, laborer.