During an investigation stretching back to the summer of 2017, the Sheriff’s Human Trafficking Unit discovered that Trevor Ferrel, of Santa Maria, CA, was using a “false identity” on Facebook to try to get nude photos from underaged girls and get them to meet for sex.
Trevor Ferrel, 31, was arrested on January 2, 2018, after arriving at the location he was given by someone who he thought was a teenage girl- but was really an undercover investigator. In August, the investigator received information on Ferrel’s heinous acts so he posed as a young girl to catch the perv in action. When the suspect didn’t show to the first meet, which he arranged to exchange sex acts for money back in September, the detective issued a search warrant. The investigation carried on for months and revealed Ferrel’s numerous attempts at contacting “high school-aged” girls for sex.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind parents of the dangers of social media regardless of the platform
Ferrel, who now faces two charges including arranging to meet with a minor for the purpose of a lewd act, used different methods to victimize the young females.
Those methods include:
- threatening to post the nude pictures he was sent
- to notify their parents of the photos the girls had sent
- offering to pay money for sex acts
“We encourage parents to monitor their children’s social media use and to educate them on the dangers of online predators,” Sheriff’s Human Trafficking Unit.