‘You knew it was wrong,’ girl texts accused child porn collector, ‘I am 12!!’ and he’s arrested again

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‘You knew it was wrong,’ girl texts accused child porn collector, ‘I am 12!!’ and he’s arrested again

Via www.sun-sentinel.com

BOYNTON BEACH — For the second time in four months, a Palm Beach County man has been arrested on child pornography charges for allegedly coercing a 12-year-old girl to send him nude pictures of herself.

Elvic Herrera was 27 when he first contacted the girl through the Kik mobile messaging app, where he carried on an online relationship with her from March 29 through August 28, according to his arrest report. Detectives said they found more than 8,000 text messages — many sexually explicit — and the girl’s nude image on Herrera’s cellphone.

Acting on cyber-tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and from the operators of the Kik app, Boynton Beach police arrested Herrera on Aug. 28 for possessing and transmitting child pornography. He was released from jail the next day on a $20,000 bond, records show. Elvic Herrera, 28, of Boynton Beach, is accused of soliciting a girl, 12, through social media and also possessing child pornography, until US Marshals arrested him. During the investigation, detectives discovered Herrera’s alleged text exchanges with the girl, and traveled to New Mexico to meet with her. According to police, they found the same text messages and nude photograph on her cellphone.

In some of those texts, Herrera allegedly requested nude pictures, knew the girl was 12, and said he was a pedophile who was in love with her. He wanted her to skip school so he could visit her, but also expressed fears that police would find out and urged her not to “snitch” on him, the arrest report stated.

Instead, police said the girl texted him in July that she would blame Herrera if anyone found out.

“YOU are 27 YEARS OLD and let [me] be in a relationship with you and send NUDES to you and let us talk like that when you KNEW it was wrong and YOU are the older one YOU should have stopped it. I AM 12!! I’M TWELVE,” her text read.

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