BCSO Detectives Bust Child Predator Who Met Teen on Snapchat
By: ABQRAW staff
Posted: 6/9/2022 at 1:37PM
David Antonio Rios
At the end of May of 2022, Bernalillo County Sheriff detectives arrested David Antonio Rios for soliciting a child by electronic communication device meeting with a child under 13, enticement of a child, and contributing to a delinquency of a minor.
According to the criminal complaint, Rios would use Snapchat quick add feature. After users added him he would ask questions on what they look like, how old they are, and if they want to meet or hang out. The complaint goes on to say, BCSO detectives started investigating Rios' behavior on Snapchat. Detectives were called to a house of a teenager in reference with "sexting" with Rios and left in a vehicle with him.
Rios would ask her to send face, "boobs", and "butt," photos to him. The victim stated she kissed and hugged Rios. The victim said she sent naked photos to Rios.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Detective Kathryn Harris, who also serves as a taskforce officer with the FBI, advises parents and guardians to have an open line of communication with their children.
"Parents need to be extremely communicative with their children if they have an open line of communication with their kids about social media and what they may be doing online. It would be easier for a child to approach their parent and say, "hey, this kind of weird thing is going on, mom or dad. And I don't know what to do," said Detective Harris.
It is unclear if Rios targeted other minors due to no additional tips against him reported as of yet.
"Each one of us is vulnerable to a certain degree. Each one of us has that thing that if we open up to a certain person about, we are more willing to trust that person with more information. These child predators or any type of predators, even scam artists and things of that nature, will use any of those vulnerabilities to target us as victims, to then further exploit us for images, money, other things like that," said Detective Harris.
Rios had a pre-trial detention hearing this week and was ordered to be on GPS ankle monitoring, a variety of conditions that include no Internet access except at work, and his phone can be reviewed at anytime.