Authorities are looking for girls who chatted with a 35-year-old man posing as a 13-year-old boy online using TikTok, a messaging app popular among young teenagers, officials said.
James Anthony Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd acts on children and is being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators suspect Gonzales of initiating “sexual and vulgar” conversations with at least 21 girls — some as young as 9 years old — late last year. When he was arrested last week, authorities found child pornography on his cellphone.
In one case, Gonzales learned a 9-year-old girl’s address and showed up at her door — unannounced — posing as a delivery driver, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Authorities linked Gonzales to following usernames and platforms:
Tiktok.com usernames: Lanzo, lanzostiles, lanzostiles4322, lanzostiles77; profile names: “In the 310 lets go” and “soul0072.”
Meetme.com: Lanzo Stiles
Gonzales is due in court later this month.