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Roosevelt man used Facebook to sexually exploit children, feds say

A Roosevelt man enticed young girls on Facebook to produce explicit photos of themselves and younger relatives, according to federal charges filed Friday.

Edgardo Mejia, 35, used a Facebook profile photo of a 12-year-old boy to pressure the girls to produce child pornography, according to the complaint filed in federal court.

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations have identified about 15 victims, including a 2-year-old girl, the complaint said.

Magistrate Judge Gary Brown ordered Mejia held without bond during his arraignment Friday on sexual exploitation charges.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Monica Castro said the defendant, who is from El Salvador, “has no legal status here.”

Mejia’s attorney could not be reached for comment afterward.

The complaint includes the Dec. 15 transcript of a Facebook chat in December that Mejia allegedly had with an 11-year-old girl. He asked the girl to take explicit photos of her 2-year-old niece, the complaint said.

The girl at first resisted, calling the request “sick,” but Mejia continued to press her, according to the complaint.

“Do it for me,” he wrote.

She then complied, the complaint said.

In late December, detectives located the girl and her niece in Indiana, and spoke to the girl’s mother. Authorities arrested Mejia on Thursday, and he acknowledged using a Facebook account with the boy’s picture to communicate with minors, the complaint said.

If convicted, Mejia would serve his sentence before authorities move to deport him, said John Marzulli, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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