An Arizona man is now in police custody after sending sexually explicit photos to a 17-year-old girl, Fox 10 reports.
On April 23rd, officers arrived to a home in Peoria after the mother of the victim notified police that her daughter received nudes from an adult male. She told police that Michael Vasquez, the father of the teen’s best friend, sent the sexually explicit photos via Facebook Messenger.
According to investigators, the suspect’s wife, who has legally separated from Vasquez but still lives in the same house, confirmed that the photos were of her soon-to-be ex.
“The wife also stated that he has a history of sending people explicit messages while he is intoxicated,” police documents state. “The wife explained a similar incident that occurred about three years ago involving him sending his neighbor’s wife and daughter explicit text messages and photos.”
After learning that his wife had spoken with police, Vasquez called her, threatening to harm himself. He was then located and brought in for questioning. During an interview, the 48-year-old stated that he was unsure if the victim was underage, despite knowing her since she was nine. He also claimed that the teen was “mature for her age.”
Vasquez has been arrested and charged with luring and sending obscene materials. He is being held on a $15,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court May 3rd. If released, Vasquez will be required to undergo electronic monitoring.