OAKLAND — A Hayward man is facing serious federal charges after he allegedly sent sexually graphic pictures of a 4-year-old girl to an undercover cop in Washington D.C.
Brian Paul Morales was charged May 30 with distribution of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday. The partially redacted complaint says the charge is a result of chats between Morales and an undercover officer.
Authorities believe Morales took the pictures, and one of the photos shows the girl sitting in his lap, the complaint says.
According to the complaint, in late May, an FBI Task Force officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. contacted authorities in California, to report Morales had shared several images of a naked child in sexually suggestive positions in private message, using Kik messenger, an online chat application.
Morales told the officer that he is “sexually active with (redacted),” and sent more than six pornographic images of the girl, an FBI agent wrote in the complaint.
One of the images allegedly contained a brown teddy bear, so in an attempt to verify that the girl was with Morales, the undercover officer reportedly asked him to send another picture of the teddy bear and hold up three fingers.
Morales not only complied with the officer’s request, but that the picture contained a pair of the girl’s underpants. Morales then told allegedly the officer the girl would be home from school in a few hours, according to the complaint.
Authorities used the chats to acquire a search warrant for Morales’ Hayward home. He was arrested there May 28, and interviewed by investigators. During the interview, he reportedly admitted to sending the photos to the officer and other users, claimed responsibility for two different screen names on the app, and said that in one of the pictures, the girl was on his lap.
Morales’ link to the girl is not clearly spelled out in the criminal complaint. Morales remains in custody at the Santa Rita Jail and has an arraignment and detention hearing set for 10:30 a.m. Monday before Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu.