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SIU Detectives Arrest Suspect for Two Counts of First-Degree Criminal Impersonation with Sexual Motivation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2022
CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives arrested a 25-year-old Marysville man for two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation with sexual motivation.
During 2018 and 2019, the suspect contacted two adult women he knew, claimed he was working with a modeling agency and encouraged them both to get into the modeling business. He told the victims he could assist them with building their modeling portfolios and in turn could help them make large amounts of money. He fraudulently claimed he worked for a legitimate modeling agency out of California, and he told both the victims the agency would be in contact with them to provide them with modeling contracts.
The 25-year-old suspect then created a fake business phone number and email address to communicate with the victims and sent them fraudulent contracts on behalf of the modeling agency he alleged he worked for.
The suspect convinced both victims to send him nude electronic images and videos of themselves, stating he was using the material to create their portfolios.
The suspect told one of the victims he needed to meet with her in person to take measurements of her chest for a Seattle plastic surgeon he claimed was looking for breast augmentation models. The suspect claimed he was trained by the doctor to take the measurements. When the suspect met with the victim in person, he inappropriately touched her under the false pretense he was working as a modeling consultant.
During the investigation, detectives confirmed the suspect was never employed by the modeling agency in California and through multiple search warrants discovered the suspect was operating the fake business email and phone number to communicate with both victims.
On Wednesday, detectives arrested the 25-year-old suspect and booked him into the Snohomish County Jail for two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation with sexual motivation.
This remains an active investigation.