Anne Arundel Police Arrange Arrest of California Man for Soliciting Sex with Local Teen Girl
Anne Arundel County Police arranged for the arrest of a California man after he was caught not only soliciting a local teen girl online, but attempting to make arrangements to come to the area and meet at an Annapolis-area hotel. California police arrested Murray Lee Chesak, 25, of Ontario, California on May 28. The hotel meeting with the 15-year-old victim never happened.
The case began for police in March when the child abuse unit began an investigation into the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old female, according to a media release from police spokesman Justin Mulcahy.
At that time, the father of the victim learned that his daughter was communicating with an adult male. Through interviews and forensic examinations of electronic devices, detectives learned that Chesak had been communicating with the victim for two years — since the time she was 13 years old.
Police said that the evidence showed that the man knew the girl’s age.
The suspect had the girl send him sexually explicit videos and photographs. She complied. Through the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect was making arrangements to fly from California to Maryland to meet with the girl. He had booked a hotel room in the Annapolis area in order to engage in sex with the child victim, the release said.
The meeting never happened, due to the ongoing police investigation.
Anne Arundel County Police worked with police in Ontario, California to make an arrest. Chesak is currently incarcerated in the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Caliifornia. He is awaiting extradition to Maryland. No booking photo was available.
Police would like to remind parents to take the following precautions with minor children on the internet and social media:
- Make sure your child’s computer is placed in a family area.
- Make sure your child’s IM screen name doesn’t reveal any identifying information about a child especially things like a name, age, location, year of birth, school name, and year of graduation as Internet predators often use screen names to select their potential targets.
- If you don’t know how to work a computer, have your child show you how. Tell them to show you which sites are some good informational sites, and where they surf the web.
- Ask your child if they have pictures on their Facebook page or on other social media sites. You can either tell your child to remove all pictures and personal information (address, school, age, etc.) or have he/she set their account to private. For teens, setting their account to private will allow them to keep their web page without soliciting personal information. If set to private, only their friends can see their profile. Also make sure that people on their friends list are only friends they have met and are close with.