Lompoc Man Arrested for Multiple Sex Crimes

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Sheriff’s Detectives from the Special Investigations Bureau arrested 34-year-old Benito Rodriguez Bravo of Lompoc after a two-week long investigation. Bravo reportedly created an advertisement on the internet where he attempted to recruit and hire females for the purposes of engaging in nude housecleaning and erotic massages. During the investigation, detectives posed as a sixteen-year-old female while communicating with Bravo. Despite the age, Bravo sent the minor explicit images with the intent to cause sexual arousal and attempted to recruit the minor to have sex with high-paying customers, promising payment of $5,000 a week. Bravo arranged a meeting with the sixteen-year-old in the City of Goleta. Detectives were conducting surveillance of Bravo and arrested him when he arrived at the location.

Detectives believe that Bravo was acting alone and was not only recruiting females to perform erotic massages and nude housecleaning, but also posed as the potential client who was to receive sex services from the females he was communicating with. It appears Bravo had no intention to pay for any of the services he was planning to receive.

Bravo was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for violations of; 288.4(B)P.C.- felony arranging a meeting with a minor, 236.1(C)P.C.- felony human trafficking of a minor, 288.3(A)P.C.- felony contacting a minor with intent for sex, 288.2(A)(2)P.C.- felony sending harmful material to a minor with attempt to seduce, 664 P.C.- felony attempt to commit crime, and 266I(a)(2)P.C.- felony pandering. He also had an outstanding warrant for a violation of probation and domestic violence. He is being held without bail.

The Sheriff’s Office is actively looking for additional victims related to this case.  If you, or someone else knows information, please contact our detectives at [email protected].

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Flicka Dec 08, 2019 09:40 AM
Lompoc Man Arrested for Multiple Sex Crimes

PARVOPUP, What we got? Normal people with jobs, we own homes, cars, kids in school, etc . There are bad apples in every community. Printing news about those bad apples doesn't reflect on the rest of the community. So, what's the problem?

ParvoPup Dec 07, 2019 10:11 PM
Lompoc Man Arrested for Multiple Sex Crimes

Why you guys always picking on Lompoc - some of us up here are actually pretty normal. We got a job, own our house, our kids go to school and aren't pregnant and all the cars in the driveway actually run. We even have five legal Cannabis Dispensaries - what you got SB?

sacjon Dec 09, 2019 10:02 AM
Lompoc Man Arrested for Multiple Sex Crimes

PARVOPUP - who's "picking on Lompoc?" No one here said anything about Lompoc. Are you upset the police are "picking on" creepy criminals in your town? Simmer down.

a-1580263135 Dec 07, 2019 08:43 PM
Lompoc Man Arrested for Multiple Sex Crimes

"Creepy?" This guy redefines the word SCUMBAG. Where the heck are the parents of these avaricious, promiscuous young girls who sign up for these smutty jobs? I'm all for women cleaning in the nude/doling out erotic massage and getting paid well for services rendered, but not if the females are underage. The parents need to keep better tabs on their kids.

a-1580263135 Dec 08, 2019 05:19 AM
Lompoc Man Arrested for Multiple Sex Crimes

Read the info again: “ . . . from the females he was communicating with.” The poser bait/fake 16-yr-old wasn’t the only young girl he was trying to “hire.” Why do you think he was under surveillance in the first place?

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