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Sunnyvale man arrested for allegedly luring Arizona teen to Mountain View for sex

Investigators say Justin Watson used Snapchat to lure as many as a dozen other victims

A Sunnyvale man was arrested last month after he allegedly lured a 15-year-old girl from Arizona to Mountain View and had sex with her, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

In a statement Thursday, police say the man, identified as 22-year-old Justin Watson, was using Snapchat and posing as a teen himself to meet potential victims. He was found and arrested outside Target in Mountain View after officers found the victim sitting in an idling car outside the department store. He remains in custody with a $1 million bail.

Justin Watson. Courtesy MVPD.

Police had been searching for Watson in the days prior to the arrest after his wife reported he had a relationship with a teen that he met over the social media app. Police were unable to locate either Watson or the teenager in the lead-up to the arrest.

The 15-year-old girl told officers she had been brought to Mountain View from Arizona by her boyfriend, who she identified as Watson, police said. Watson was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail, and faces two counts of sexual intercourse with a minor; two counts of oral copulation with a minor; and one count of contacting and communicating with a minor with intent to commit a crime, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators in the case say that Watson had used Snapchat to lure as many as a dozen other victims across the Bay Area and beyond, posing as either a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old on the app, police said. He would also allegedly ask for photos and sought to meet with victims he contacted.

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Anyone who may have been a victim in the case, or knows someone who may have been a victim, is asked to contact Detective Angelica Espitia at [email protected] or 650-903-6364.

Police say further details on the case are not being released pending an active investigation.

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Sunnyvale man arrested for allegedly luring Arizona teen to Mountain View for sex

Investigators say Justin Watson used Snapchat to lure as many as a dozen other victims

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 2:26 pm
Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 10:56 am

A Sunnyvale man was arrested last month after he allegedly lured a 15-year-old girl from Arizona to Mountain View and had sex with her, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

In a statement Thursday, police say the man, identified as 22-year-old Justin Watson, was using Snapchat and posing as a teen himself to meet potential victims. He was found and arrested outside Target in Mountain View after officers found the victim sitting in an idling car outside the department store. He remains in custody with a $1 million bail.

Police had been searching for Watson in the days prior to the arrest after his wife reported he had a relationship with a teen that he met over the social media app. Police were unable to locate either Watson or the teenager in the lead-up to the arrest.

The 15-year-old girl told officers she had been brought to Mountain View from Arizona by her boyfriend, who she identified as Watson, police said. Watson was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail, and faces two counts of sexual intercourse with a minor; two counts of oral copulation with a minor; and one count of contacting and communicating with a minor with intent to commit a crime, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators in the case say that Watson had used Snapchat to lure as many as a dozen other victims across the Bay Area and beyond, posing as either a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old on the app, police said. He would also allegedly ask for photos and sought to meet with victims he contacted.

Anyone who may have been a victim in the case, or knows someone who may have been a victim, is asked to contact Detective Angelica Espitia at [email protected] or 650-903-6364.

Police say further details on the case are not being released pending an active investigation.

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Claire
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another community
on Sep 7, 2020 at 10:59 am
Claire, another community
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on Sep 7, 2020 at 10:59 am
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I really wish the voice would stop posting the names and mugshots of folks who've been arrested but not convicted. The conduct described here is vile, but we all live in a society where innocent until proven guilty is the standard for justice. If this man did what he's accused of doing, his conduct should be publicized and he should be sent to jail, but why publish this now? He's in a cell with a million in bail. No threat to anyone to justify this article.


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm
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It can take years to get a conviction at a trial. Murderers and rapists do not get to roam free until they are convicted. A defendant can get a prompt trial. But often the defendant is in no hurry for trial - especially if he (or she) is out of custody. In any event, in this instance there may be many other victims. That is why he is properly identified.- even though he is currently in jail with high bail. The police.- and society - need others (if any) to come forward so he may be charged with the additional crimes he has committed (if any).


Justin Case
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Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 7, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Justin Case, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
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on Sep 7, 2020 at 12:39 pm
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> "I really wish the voice would stop posting the names and mugshots of folks who've been arrested but not convicted. The conduct described here is vile, but we all live in a society where innocent until proven guilty is the standard for justice."

> "A defendant can get a prompt trial. But often the defendant is in no hurry for trial - especially if he (or she) is out of custody. In any event, in this instance there may be many other victims."

^ All things considered, the incarcerated individual is most likely guilty of statutory rape & transporting a minor across state borders for the possible INTENTION of having sex.

That said...many citizens (especially those with underaged children) feel somewhat reassured when these suspects are identified & locked-up pending trial.


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 7, 2020 at 1:13 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 7, 2020 at 1:13 pm
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Yes. "Just in case." Everyone is safer with criminals locked up. But there is, as "Claire" points out, another value in our society sometimes described as "innocent until proven guilty." It applies in a criminal trial as a court-created legal standard. But it applies more broadly to the whole process and plays an important role in evaluating who gets and stays locked up pending trial. As to this defendant, we only have information so far that he was luring teenage girls to town for sex with him - pretending to be 17. We don't know how young his targets have been. 14, 13, 12, 11, 10? We don't know if he ever took "no" for an answer when a girl noticed he was older than advertised or otherwise tried to call it off. And we don't know if sex with this guy extended to brutality and disease transmission. Or maybe some victims are in no position to testify - ever. So, I make no accusations myself. But a 22-year-old arranging meetings with young teenage girls could be way more of a threat than you might imagine. Follow the case. Let's see if more charges are filed.


always right
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm
always right, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm
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This comment below is startling. The voice did nothing wrong and continue exposing these pedophiles. Can’t say much more about the comment.... or it will be deleted. But you get my drift.


***** I really wish the voice would stop posting the names and mugshots of folks who've been arrested but not convicted. The conduct described here is vile, but we all live in a society where innocent until proven guilty is the standard for justice. If this man did what he's accused of doing, his conduct should be publicized and he should be sent to jail, but why publish this now? He's in a cell with a million in bail. No threat to anyone to justify this article.


always right
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 8, 2020 at 2:22 pm
always right, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 2:22 pm
Like this comment

This comment below is startling. The voice did nothing wrong and continue exposing these people. . Can’t say much more about the comment.... or it will be deleted. But you get my drift.


***** I really wish the voice would stop posting the names and mugshots of folks who've been arrested but not convicted. The conduct described here is vile, but we all live in a society where innocent until proven guilty is the standard for justice. If this man did what he's accused of doing, his conduct should be publicized and he should be sent to jail, but why publish this now? He's in a cell with a million in bail. No threat to anyone to justify this article.


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 8, 2020 at 8:52 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 8:52 pm
8 people like this

Sometimes a sexual predator is married and the spouse does not want to believe it or have the matter publicized. But in this instance, "Claire" from "another community," the police and society need to determine whether there are more victims - and maybe accomplices.


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