Teen posing as 12-year-old faces child porn charge
Hurst police arrested a 17-year-old posing as a 12-year-old in an HEB ISD school for possession of child pornography. A second man, 28, who posed as the father was also arrested on charges of possession with intent to Promote Child Pornography and Sale/Display of Harmful Material.
Police said Ricardo Javid Lugo, 17, had been enrolled at Hurst Hills Elementary School in Hurst as a 12-year-old using fake documents. Lugo enrolled in Aug. 2014 and Randy Ray Wesson, 28, posed as Lugo’s father. The two schemed to recruit potential victims from the school for both of them.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lugo and Wesson met on Instagram in late 2013 and early 2014. Wesson told investigators Lugo was unhappy at home in Juarez. Mexico and he was 12-years-old. In either late February or early March, Wesson drove to El Paso and watched Lugo walk across the border and came back to Fort Worth with Wesson. Wesson told investigators he and Lugo have had a sexual relationship since that time.
District officials said in a release: “There was no indication that the student’s records were forged or that the student was too old to attend elementary school. The student’s behavior at school also did not raise any concerns.”
Acting on a tip from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police searched Wesson’s Fort Worth home and found more than 42,000 images of child pornography on computers, thumb drives and his phone. Investigators also found images of Hurst Hills students on Lugo’s phone.
Wesson faces a $3 million bond. Lugo’s bond is set at $250,000.
Detectives have reason to believe there are additional victims who haven’t been identified.
District officials said they personally contacted parents of sixth grade students on Wednesday to inform them of the news. A letter is being sent home with all Hurst Hills students.