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Beaumont, CA – On August 26, 2019, the Beaumont Police Department was contacted by a concerned parent regarding an individual who had inappropriately contacted her 12-year-old child through a social media application.

The parent reported to officers her 12-year-old daughter had received a follow request from a subject via the Social Media App “Snap Chat”. The child, thinking, the requestor was a friend from school accepted the follow request and began receiving messages from the subject. Initially the subject requested a photo of the child, then the subject sent a sexually explicit image to the juvenile. Upon further investigation officers determined the subject also contacted a second (unidentified) juvenile where he sent a similar photo, but also requested the juvenile meet him both at his home and at a park in the City of Banning.

The subject was quickly identified by investigators as Jose Rangel Valdez, age 27 of the City of Banning. Officers contacted Valdez yesterday, September 3, 2019 at his home in Banning and placed him into custody. Valdez was booked at Smith Correctional Facility for annoying/molesting a child under the age of 14.

If anyone has any additional information about this case or believe they or their child may have been a victim, please contact Detective Lee of the Beaumont Police Department at 951-769-8500.

This arrest is a good reminder to parents to monitor your child’s use of electronics, especially social media apps and games. We’ve attached an image with 15 APPs parents should know about. These applications have been identified by law enforcement officials as the most used apps by predators to access children. But be aware that this list is not exhaustive as there are also games via Xbox, Playstation and other gaming systems that have chat room features, as well as new applications and technology that surfaces every single day.

We recommend having a conversation with your child about these applications and some of the dangers they pose. Some tips to keep kids safe include:

Setting up parental controls and restrictions

Know before you load. Test drive apps yourself, so you know what applications your child is using and how they function.

Keep devices in accessible areas of the home, allowing a parent to supervise use.

Limit screen time and always check your child’s devices for any suspicious or inappropriate activity.

For more information about how to keep your kids safe, as well as how to identify predators visit millionkids.org. Millionkids.org offers local presentations, podcasts and other resources to help parents navigate sexual grooming and exploitation.

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