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Fort Collins police are searching for additional potential victims after arresting a man for allegedly sexually assaulting a child he met on social media.
Investigators arrested Abraham Carranza-Estrada, 23, on suspicion of sexual assault on a child, a Class 4 felony; enticement of a child, a Class 4 felony; and sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 5 felony.
Police say the victim came to Fort Collins to visit family in April 2020. While she was here, she met Carranza-Estrada through social media. Carranza-Estrada allegedly arranged several meetings with the victim and engaged in sexual activity, according to a police news release.
He also allegedly convinced the victim to send sexually explicit photos, according to police.
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Carranza-Estrada was arrested Sept. 17 after a “lengthy investigation,” police said. As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in custody at the Larimer County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
“Unfortunately, we investigate a lot of cases that start with social media,” FCPS Crimes Against Persons Unit Sergeant Heather Moore said. “Sexual predators often use grooming behaviors to earn trust, create a false sense of intimacy, then engage in damaging acts with long-term impacts.”
Police are concerned there might be additional victims. Anyone who wishes to speak to police can contact Det. Laura Knudsen at 970-416-2771 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.
Fort Collins Police Services also offers free internet safety presentations about social media and avoiding online dangers for parents, guardians and teens. The next session will be held virtually Oct. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.fcgov.com/police.
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