Fake modeling agent admits to sex extortion

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Maverick Mendez Rosales

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SAN DIEGO — A Point Loma man who solicited female models to pose for nude photos, which he then used to extort money and sexual acts from them, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges.

Maverick Mendez Rosales, 24, is expected to be sentenced on Feb. 17 to 11 years and four months in prison. He entered his plea to charges of oral copulation, sexual battery and human trafficking of a minor.

Deputy District Attorney Martin Doyle said Rosales used online sources such as Facebook and Craigslist to solicit the victims. One person was victimized for two years, the prosecutor said.

Rosales lured models by offering to take photos at his bogus agency, then threatened to release the pictures on the Internet or to their families unless they performed sex acts on him or paid him money, Doyle said.

Rosales was arrested last July 29 in Mission Valley.

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