LOS ANGELES — A 15-year-old YouTube skateboarding star, along with his manager and another professional skater, were arrested for promising to introduce a 12-year-old girl to celebrities in exchange for sex acts, Los Angeles police said on Thursday.
Steven Fernandez, 15, of Compton, and his manager Jose Barajas, 22, was charged with sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old girl, Los Angeles police said. Professional skateboarder Keelan Lamar Dadd, 27, turned himself in and was also charged.
Fernandez was allegedly using his fame to lure the 12-year-old girl off the streets, KTLA reported. He promised she would appear in a “nonexistent MTV special” and meet A-list celebrities, but she would have to perform sex acts first.
Fernandez, also known “Baby Scumbag,” has dozens of YouTube videos and more than a million followers on Instagram. In March, he posted a video titled “Steven Fernandez Picking Up Girls” which showed him catcalling and approaching women from a car.
“Please don’t eve give up on me,” Fernandez tweeted on Wednesday.
Though Fernandez is a minor, police released his name because he was allegedly sexually targeting another minor.
“Yes, it’s unusual that we would release the name and photo of an arrested minor,” West Valley detective Ninette Toosbuy said in a press release. “But State law provides for such exceptions in cases where the perpetrator sexually targeted minors.”
Police began investigating the incident on Nov. 13 when the 12-year-old girl spoke to them. The girl said Fernandez called her to a car, made some promises to her and told her to get in. He then asked her to engage in sex acts with himself, Barajas, and Dadd, KTLA reported.
The teen and his manager were arrested on Nov. 17 after detectives sent a text pretending to be the victim. Dadd turned himself in on Dec. 3.
Barajas was charged with 12 counts, while Dadd was charged with three.