California driving instructor charged in child pornography case

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A Northern California driving school owner faces federal charges after authorities accused him of soliciting teenage girls, including some of his students, to produce child pornography.

Johnnatan Zelaya Izaguirre, 39, of Redwood City faces two counts of coercion and incitement of a minor, one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the district attorney’s office. American from the Northern District of California.

Zelaya, who owns and operates a driving school in San Mateo County, used social media to “encourage and coerce” girls into producing pornographic materials “for personal use and for sale,” the authorities said Friday. prosecutors.

“The indictment alleges that Zelaya offered to manage the underage victims’ sale of their sexually explicit content, offered monetary rewards for the sale of the victims’ content, and purchased sex toys from the victims to use in videos they were encouraged to create,” prosecutors said.

Zelaya persuaded his victims to create child pornography in part by falsely claiming to be law enforcement, prosecutors said. According to court documents, he graduated from a police academy in the Bay Area – although authorities did not specify which – but he did not join a police department.

Zelaya used social media to target underage girls, who were between 14 and 17 years old, prosecutors said.

Court documents described how he groomed his victims by complimenting their appearances, developing sexualized friendships with them, offering to manage their explicit content posted online and giving “financial rewards” if they created the content.

“Zelaya reportedly provided a victim with a list of how much money they could earn from producing videos depending on whether the content included nude or non-nude videos, masturbation videos, or ‘toy play’ videos”, prosecutors said. “On one occasion, Zelaya allegedly threatened to leak explicit content to everyone his victim knew if she stopped creating content for him.”

He was arrested Jan. 4 after contacting an undercover police officer he believed to be 17, prosecutors said.

The undercover officer had posed as a driving student, and Zelaya had “highly sexualized conversations with instructions on how to masturbate, discussions of future interactions in which he would orally copulate and have intercourse sex with her,” prosecutors said.

He also asked the undercover officer to perform a photo shoot with him, prosecutors said. Zelaya’s arrest came during a scheduled meeting with the undercover officer.

Zelaya’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

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