LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas resident Jonathan Thompson has been arrested for a number of sex-related charges involving a minor.
Johnson, 30, was arrested April 21 and charged with sex trafficking of a child under 16. He was also charged with other sex-related crimes including child abuse or neglect, luring a child to participate in a sex act and soliciting or engaging in child prostitution.
Crimes against individuals that occur after initially meeting on the Internet can happen to anyone. Generally speaking, individuals feel somewhat protected when they communicate with someone using a social media platform, or even by telephone, and do not always realize the potential dangers.
Criminals are well-versed in masking their true identity and after building a relationship on a social media platform can convince their potential victim to meet with them in person.
Although anyone can fall victim to criminals that prey on unsuspecting individuals, underage children are often targeted by sexual predators and human traffickers through social media.
On the same day that Thompson was arrested a California man, Laron Darrell Carter, was also arrested in Las Vegas on similar charges after he met a 16-year-old girl on the telephone and transported her from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to engage in prostitution.
Thompson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Las Vegas on May 21.
There may be others who were victimized by Jonathan Thompson. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Section at 702-828-3421. Tipsters that wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.