Sexual Solicitation of a Minor Arrest
Criminal Investigation Division – Major Crimes Section
On March 11, 2014, the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit initiated an investigation into the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old female. The investigation started when the father of the victim learned his daughter was communicating with an adult male. Through interviews and forensic examinations of electronic devices, detectives learned the adult male had been communicating with the victim for two years. Evidence recovered indicated the adult male was aware he was having conversations with a 13-year-old female child and continued this pattern of behavior for two years.
During the conversations, the suspect solicited the child victim to send him sexually explicit videos and photographs, which she did. Through investigation, detectives learned the adult male suspect was from California and was making arrangements to fly to Maryland in the beginning of April to meet the victim. The suspect had booked a hotel room in the Annapolis area in order to engage in sexual relations with the child victim. This meeting between the suspect and the victim never happened due to the ongoing police investigation.
Detectives were able to positively identify the adult male suspect as 25-year-old Murray Lee Chesak of Ontario, California. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Murray Chesak with Sexual Solicitation of a minor. On May 28, 2014, the Anne Arundel County Police Child Abuse Unit coordinated the arrest of Murray Chesak with law enforcement authorities in California. The suspect is currently incarcerated in the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California, awaiting extradition to Anne Arundel County Maryland.
Suspect: Murray Lee Chesak, 25, of 744 North Lake Street, Ontario, California
Please consider the following information as it pertains to minors on Internet/Social Media sites:
* Make sure your child’s computer is placed in a family area.
* Make sure your child’s IM screen name doesn’t reveal any identifying information about a child especially things like a name, age, location, year of birth, school name, and year of graduation as Internet predators often use screen names to select their potential targets.
* If you don’t know how to work a computer, have your child show you how. Tell them to show you which sites are some good informational sites, and where they surf the web.
* Ask your child if they have pictures on their Facebook page or on other social media sites. You can either tell your child to remove all pictures and personal information (address, school, age, etc.) or have he/she set their account to private. For teens, setting their account to private will allow them to keep their web page without soliciting personal information. If set to private, only their friends can see their profile. Also make sure that people on their friends list are only friends they have met and are close with.