Whittier man sentenced to 31 years in prison in teen sextortion case

A Whittier man received a 31-year prison sentence Wednesday for obtaining nude photos of teenage girls, then extorting them for sex by threatening to share the photos, as well harm them or their families, officials said.
Josh Manuel Magana, 28, pleaded “no contest” last month to two counts of forcible oral copulation, forcible rape, forcible rape of a an underage victim and extortion, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
Magana met his victims online via the social media app “KIK,” Lt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau said at the time of the arrest. He used the online moniker, “thegiftedmonster.”
The investigation began in October of 2016, after Magana pressured a 15-year-old girl to send him nude photos of herself,” Ardalani said.
“The defendant told the girl that if she refused, then he would hurt her and her family,” she said. “The girl told her mother, who then notified law enforcement.”
As the investigation continued, detectives identified a second teenage girl who reported that Magana had threatened to distribute nude photos of her if she refused to have sex with him, officials said.
Investigators arrested Magana in February.
“Due to media coverage of the case, a third victim came forward and revealed that the defendant also had been forcing her to have sex with him,” according to Ardalani. Her age was not available Wednesday.
Once released from prison, Magana will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

PHOTO: Josh Manuel Magana, 28, of Whittier. (Courtesy, LASD)

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UPDATED: Man sought in sexal assault of male student at Pasadena City College

PASADENA >> Investigators are seeking a man who sexually assaulted a male student in a locker room at Pasadena City College earlier this week, officials said Friday.
The attack took place about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the campus, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., according to a crime bulletin issued by PCC.
“A male PCC student was forcefully raped inside the W-building men’s locker room,” the bulletin said.
The victims was an adult, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The sexual assault occurred as the victim was retrieving items from the locker room.
Police learned of the incident the following day, when they responded to an area hospital after the victim reported the attack, the lieutenant said. Police declined to confirm the gender of the victim.
Officials described the rapist as a Latino man between 20 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair anbrown eyes. He had his head shaved in the front, with long hair in the back, and has a nose ring through his septum. He was last seen wearing a dark, long-sleeve shirt and Khaki pants.
“The circumstances of the assault remain unclear, but preliminary investigation reveals no known threat to public safety,” Clawson said.
Pasadena police are assisting PCC police with the investigation.
No further information was available Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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