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Mountain View detectives looking for additional victims in potential trafficking case

Mountain View detectives are looking to locate additional victims connected to a man who trafficked a teenage girl recently from Arizona to Mountain View. 
 
On July 28, MVPD officers met with a woman in the lobby of the police department at 1000 Villa Street. The woman, with whom we had spoken to twice the weekend prior, wanted to meet with us regarding her husband’s relationship with an alleged teenager she had recently met. 
 
According to the woman, her husband, 22-year-old Sunnyvale resident Justin Watson, had allegedly met a teenage girl over Snapchat and the teenager was now in the Mountain View area. 
 
At the time, officers made several attempts to contact both Watson and the alleged teenager based on information given by the wife, but were unsuccessful. Several attempts were also made to locate Watson and the girl, but ultimately were also unsuccessful.
 
On Aug. 3, officers on patrol responded to a suspicious vehicle call at Target on the 500 block of Showers Drive. When our patrol officer arrived on scene, he met with a teenage girl, sitting in a car that was idling outside the store. In speaking with her, officers learned that she was 15-years-old and had been brought to Mountain View from Arizona after her boyfriend, who she identified as Watson, had driven out to pick her up. 
 
While speaking with the teen, Watson walked out of the store and he was subsequently detained without incident. He was subsequently arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation with a person under the age of 18, oral copulation with a minor by force, fear or distress, showing or sending harmful material to seduce a minor, contacting a minor with the intent to commit certain felonies, and sexual penetration with a minor. 
 
During the course of our investigation, we learned that Watson has had contact with potentially dozen of other victims, spanning well beyond the Bay Area. He would often use Snapchat, posing as a 16-year-old or 17-year-old, asking for photos and looking to meet with potential victims. 
 
We are extremely concerned that there are others who may have been victimized by Watson. 
 
If you or someone you know has been a victim of Watson, please contact Det. Angelica Espitia immediately at angelica.espitia@mountainview.gov or 650-903-6364.
 
This case is still actively under investigation, and as such certain details cannot be released at this time. We will provide updates as we are able. 
 
Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov. 

 

 

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