Child porn suspect allegedly used Facebook to lure underage 'models'

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - A Tempe man is charged with recruiting underage girls for modeling shoots and then propositioning them to pose for sexually explicit shoots.

Police believe he has multiple victims who are under the age of 18.

Chandler police said they learned of Antonio Adrian Gonzalez's alleged activities when a 17-year-old girl came forward.

"She was contacted through Facebook and she went to go do some modeling," said Chandler police Detective Christopher Perez. "He offered her a free portfolio."

"In the time of the photo shoot, Mr. Gonzalez placed her hand onto his genitals and asked her if she was interested in sexual contact. She was not," Perez said. "He then allegedly showed her some images of young girls under the age of 18 that he was engaged in sexual content with."

Perez, the lead investigator on the case, said detectives are aware of at least one other underage victim.

"There's a lure of money initially for modeling and later on the adult stuff comes in and further on there's a more and more implied interest in adult or erotic kind of modeling in exchange for a large sum of money," Perez said.

Gonzalez, who goes by "Gonzo," is a paid recruiter for pornography websites including Backseat Casting Couch and Exploited College Girls.

At this point, police do not believe he recruited teens for those sites.

Gonzalez was arrested on June 16, but later released on $40,000 bond. He is charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, furnishing of obscene materials to minors, and sexual conduct with a minor.

Reached by phone, Gonzalez referred comment to his attorney, Bruce Blumberg.

Blumberg would only say, "My client is presumed innocent as a matter of law," and said Gonzalez is due back in court next week.

Chandler police believe he has contacted numerous underage girls in the East Valley and offered them modeling gigs.

"We have reason to believe Mr. Gonzalez contacted a large number of women in East Valley high schools, primarily in Chandler," Perez said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Chandler police.