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23-Year-Old Man Drove Half The Country To Sexually Abuse 10-Year-Old Girl He Met Online

Date April 2, 2018 12:17

Facebook can, in fact, be a dangerous place. Reportedly, a 23-year-old man, Jonathan Diaz Fundora, met a 10-year-old girl online and later sexually assaulted her in real life.

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How it happend?

This horrible crime was committed in Polk County on March 27. Jonathan Diaz Fundora met his victim on Facebook six weeks ago. He was known in cosplay community for portraying Choji Akimichi, a character from Naruto series, and his Facebook account was El Yoni King Diaz.

According to Polk Sheriff’s Office News Release, Fundora groomed the girl online, directing her to send him sexual photos and videos. He called the victim “my little girl” and “sweet baby,” and obliged her to call him “daddy.”

Fundora took three days off his work as the Burger King’s manager in Miami and arranged an appointment with the child in the hotel near her home. The girl wrote a note to her parents, where she told them she is going to stay at her best friend’s house for three days:

I’ll be staying 3 nights with my bff, not (redacted). She’s going thru a lot, I’ll come back on Thursday! Muwh! XOXO.....I wunna help her. She’s one of my friends at school. She doesn’t want to see anybody but me. I’ll be safe.

35 minutes to find the abuser

When parents found the letter, they immediately called the sheriff. Within just 35 minutes of receiving the call, the authorities managed to identify the suspect and his car. They spotted the vehicle because it was parked at a Motel 6 in Lakeland. The 10-year-old was hiding in the bathroom. She was wearing a pink dog collar and a pacifier.

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Both Fundora and the girl admitted the sexual intercourse with the rape kit. However, Jonathan tried to justify his actions saying that he thought the girl was 14-15 years old. Police found that Fundora lied because the password to his computer was the girl’s date of birth. Grady Judd, Sheriff, reported:

This suspect groomed and manipulated a little girl online and then traveled all the way to Polk County to sexually abuse her – he is the poster child for why it is critical that parents monitor their children’s activities online. I commend our patrol deputies for catching him in the act of sexually abusing a child, and I shudder to think of what the other horrible consequences would have been had her parent not immediately reported her missing. We will do everything in our power to ensure he spends the rest of his life behind bars.

How can we protect our children?

There are so many ways of keeping them safe online. Some of them you already might know:

1. Talk about online safety with your children at an early age. It is better to make sure children know about threats as soon as possible from parents before they actually encounter them alone.

2. Same rules apply to online behavior. If you wouldn’t do it in real life – don’t do it online. Would you let your child talk to a stranger?

3. Written once cannot be deleted. Explain your children the simple truth that every word matters.

4. Monitor what and when you can. Also, block websites that you consider risky on the devices your children may use.

5. Become friends on social media. Simply like that, you can watch after them not interfere their personal space.

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The internet can be very dangerous. We are happy that police reacted so quickly, and saved the girl. But that may not happen the next time. Let’s keep our children safe!

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