LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin ISD Police Department arrested a 17-year-old LHS student on March 31 in connection to allegations that he set up two bogus Facebook pages and used them to intimidate a 15-year-old girl into sending him nude photos of herself.
Jose Arrendondo was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony online impersonation charge on March 31. He was released on April 1 after he posted a bail amount of $2,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, the investigation on this case started on Oct. 17, 2016, when a 15-year-old Lufkin High School approached a LISD PD officer and told him that she had sent nude photos of herself to someone on Facebook. The student told the officer that she had been receiving messages from an account that uses the name Brianna Jones.
The student also told the Lufkin ISD PD officer that she had never met Brianna Jones in person and only knew her through Facebook, the affidavit stated. The girl said that she and the person claiming to be Brianna Jones had ongoing conversations pertaining to sex, the affidavit stated.
Then around the week of October 14 to 16 of 2016, the person using the Brianna Jones Facebook account allegedly asked the victim to send nude photos of herself. When the victim refused to do so, the person claiming to be Brianna Jones said that she would post screenshots of the sexual conversations they had on Facebook "for everyone to see," the affidavit stated.
"The victim still refused, but asked her not to post them as her family and parents would see the posts," the affidavit stated. "The person threatened again to post the pictures and specifically asked for photos showing her face and nude body."
Then around the time of Oct. 16, 2016, a second account, which used the name of a current Lufkin High School student, contacted her via Facebook Messenger and said that Brianna Jones was going to post screenshots of the conversations he she didn't send her nude photos, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the second account was using multiple images depicting the LHS student and the name of the LHS student. The Brianna Jones account and the second account of the current LHS student had more than 200 mutual friends on Facebook with the victim's account, leading her to believe the accounts were of actual people associated with Lufkin High School students, the affidavit stated.
Because she was fearful of embarrassing posts on Facebook, the 15-year-old victim sent the Briana Jones Facebook account nude pictures of herself, the affidavit stated.
The Lufkin ISD PD officer made contact with the LHS student whose name was on the second Facebook account and asked him about the messages he sent on behalf of Brianna Jones. The LHS student told the officer that the account is fake account that he has been aware of for almost a year, and he doesn't know who is sending the messages, the affidavit stated.
At that point, the Lufkin ISD PD officer sent a letter to Facebook asking the social media company to preserve the two accounts. The officer then obtained grand jury subpoenas for both accounts that requested the sign-in information and IP logs, and Facebook complied with the requests a few days later.
Both accounts came back with the same backup e-mail address. When the Lufkin ISD PD officer checked LHS records, he found only one student with that name, and called Arrendondo to his office.
"The defendant confessed that he is the person using both accounts," the affidavit stated. "The defendant has advised he has been using the accounts for about a year and that he has used both accounts to get girls to send him nude photos of them."
According to the affidavit, Arrendondo told the Lufkin ISD PD officer that he as a cell phone at his home that he uses to store the photos. The LHS student and his mother voluntarily gave the cell phone to the Lufkin ISD PD officer.
Later, the Lufkin ISD PD, sent a search warrant to Facebook requesting messages, photos, and associated items dealing with threats to girls. Facebook complied and sent several large files containing the information, the affidavit stated.
The Lufkin ISD PD officer noticed that Arrendondo had a routine he used in getting underage girls to send him nude photos. The affidavit stated that Arrendondo would send the girls explicit pictures of male genitalia and then get them to talk about their sexual exploits and desires.
At first Arrendondo would ask for a picture and when they didn't comply, he threatened to post the conversations on Facebook to shame the girls into sending the pictures, the affidavit stated. Arrendondo allegedly used the same routine on three different girls.
The Lufkin ISD PD officer also determined that persona of Brianna Jones is entirely made up and that the picture associated with it is a random photo taken from the World Wide Web, the affidavit stated The officer determined that the persona of the current LHS student and several photos of him were used without his permission.