A Coral Springs man accused of trying to kidnap a jogger and luring young girls into online sexual contact with him is under continuing investigation after authorities found "many" more pornographic videos he secretly made of other girls and young women, federal prosecutors revealed in court Monday.
Shane Michael Braslow, 23, an unemployed paramedic, will remain locked up after a judge ruled that he is a potential danger to the community.
"There's no way to stop him, that I can see, other than to incarcerate him," U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow said Monday after hearing a chronicle of allegations of what she called "different kinds of predatory conduct" by Braslow.
"He is a menace to this community, he is a menace to young and old … to those near and far ... women and girls in this community and young girls over the Internet," Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis Viamontes told the judge.
Prosecutors said investigators found "many other webcam videos" of Braslow engaging in sexual conduct online with girls or young women where it was not clear whether the females were younger than 18. It also was not evident if they knew that Braslow was recording them, according to testimony in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
"A typical user would know they were chatting [online via webcam] but would not have known they were being recorded," U.S. Secret Service Agent Jeffrey Hill testified. "[Braslow] used software in order to record these chats to save them for later."
Federal authorities and Coral Springs detectives want anyone who thinks they may have had any sexual or inappropriate contact with Braslow — or who may have information that could help the investigation — to call sex crimes detectives at 954-344-1800.
Agents also found video recordings of Braslow having sex with a 17-year-old girl, who is considered a legal minor, Hill said.
Investigators who searched the home where Braslow lives with his parents found a "great deal" of stolen Coral Springs police and fire department equipment that Braslow was not authorized to have, Viamontes told the judge.
As a teenager, Braslow participated in the city's Fire Explorer program for young people who want to be firefighters, but Viamontes said Braslow was not entitled to have the equipment, which included fire and police radios, a firefighter helmet, shirts, patches with city department emblems, other uniform items and even a fire hose.
Braslow was previously arrested on charges he impersonated a police officer and carried a concealed firearm when he used a blue light on his vehicle to pull over a motorist in November 2009, prosecutors said. The state charges were dropped, apparently because Braslow did not overtly state that he was a police officer, Viamontes said.
Agents got a warrant to search his computer when Braslow was arrested in April after a brazen attempt to kidnap a 44-year-old Coral Springs woman during a 10 a.m. weekday jog in the 8900 block of Forest Hills Boulevard, investigators said.
According to police reports, Braslow drove up beside the woman, took photographs of her and told her he was going to post them online. The woman ran off but he looped around, hid in bushes, jumped out and tried to drag her into his car. She was able to fight him off and got a partial license plate and description that led police to Braslow.
After he was arrested, investigators connected him to the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl who was working on her bicycle in July 2011 on the 2900 block of Northwest 87th Terrace in Coral Springs. Detectives said he was masturbating and offered the girl $10 to get in his vehicle.
He was out on bond when federal authorities arrested him in January after finding a video on his computer of him engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with two girls, who appeared to be as young as 7, prosecutors said.
Braslow, who wore beige jail scrubs and was handcuffed and shackled, did not speak in court. Braslow's parents, who were in court, and his lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Daryl Wilcox, declined to comment.
As Braslow was being led out of court, his mother called out to him: "Shaney, keep your head up."
If convicted, Braslow faces a minimum of 19 1/2 years and possibly more than 24 years in federal prison, authorities said.
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