Following a child pornography tip, police have arrested a 17-year-old male who posed as a 12-year-old child to attend a Hurst elementary school.
According to a statement released by Hurst police, 17-year-old Ricardo Jhavid Lugo and 28-year-old Randy Ray Wesson were arrested following the tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Based on the lead, authorities obtained a warrant and searched a Fort Worth home, where they found “evidence of child pornography and exploitation of children.”
According to an arrest affidavit, Wesson admitted to authorities he had “…42,000 child pornography images on his computer, thumb drives, phone and SD cards [and] also admitted to sexually abusing over 100 children between the ages of 7 to 14 years of age.”
Wesson and Lugo had been living together in a small, single-story home off Davis Drive in Fort Worth since March, according to the affidavit.
Upon further investigation, police discovered Lugo was enrolled at Hurst Hills Elementary, where he posed as a 12-year-old and attended sixth-grade classes. Police say counterfeit documents were used to enroll Lugo into the school.
According to a statement from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, Lugo enrolled in August. District officials say Wesson posed as Lugo’s father during the process and provided a birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency.
“Hurst Hills staff followed all procedures regarding enrollment when the student was enrolled in August,” the statement read. “There was no indication that the student’s records were forged or that the student was too old to attend elementary school. The student’s behavior at school also did not raise any concerns.”
School officials contacted the parents of every student Thursday and sent letters home with students to share news of the arrests.
SOURCE: WFAA 8