Mountain View detectives are looking for any additional victims of a man who was arrested this week for trying to engage in inappropriate behavior with a minor.
Over the past several weeks, Cyber Crime detectives investigated a tip regarding a man who was sending sexually explicit content to minors on a texting app as well as attempting to meet with potential victims to engage in inappropriate behavior with them.
Through the course of their investigation, detectives identified the man as 37-year-old Jarit Edward Bates. On Tuesday, April 19, detectives, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, arrested Bates in San Jose without incident. Bates was intending to meet up with a minor at the time of his arrest.
Bates was arrested on suspicion of distributing lewd material to a minor, arranging to meet with a minor for a lewd act and showing up at a meeting with a minor for a lewd act. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
Bates, who is originally from Colorado, has extensive criminal history in that state, including charges of child abuse. We are deeply concerned there may be additional victims, either here in California or in Colorado. As such we are asking anyone who may be a victim or who knows someone who may be a victim of Bates to reach out to Detective Jacob Cesena at Jacob.email@example.com.
“I am very proud of the work done here to catch this predator,” said Sgt. Tim Dahl. “Our children deserve every protection, and this case highlights the tenacity our investigators have to make that possible.”
Our thanks to the Silicon Valley ICAC team, led by members of the San Jose Police Department, for assisting us in this case.
We also want to take a moment to remind parents of the importance of keeping an eye on what apps your children are using to connect and engage with others. Some apps can unfortunately draw predators, so please be mindful of who your children are chatting with. We have attached a graphic of chatting apps for you to be aware of that your child may use.
Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.