CLEVELAND - A California man, accused of traveling to Medina and engaging in sexual contact with a 14-year-old Medina girl who police said he met online, is locked up facing federal charges. But, now new details about the case are emerging.
A Medina police officer on a routine patrol came across a car parked at a remote park in the city. It was Jan. 21 around 3 a.m. and the officer knew something wasn't right.
"He could have pulled up to the car and said move on," said Medina Police Chief Pat Berarducci.
But he didn't move on. He asked questions and the answers police said are disturbing.
Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, 24, of Navato, Calif. is charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and certain activity related to material involving the sexual exploitation of a child, according to police.
Police said the two met online and communicated through Skype. Police said they found thousands of messages between the two of them.
Police also confiscated Rolffo-Zavala's car, cell phone and laptop. On those devices, police said, they found more than 100 images of children.
"It was pretty disturbing. We found over 90 videos with our victim in sexual scenarios," said Beraducci.
Police also found 58 videos of young girls who they could not identify. That's when Beraducci said they turned the case over to the FBI.
"It's a big problem," said Special Agent Lisa Hack with the FBI. In the past six months, the FBI has executed nearly 70 search warrants in connection with cases like this.
"I think it's surprising to the average person that this happens," said Hack. "No area is immune to the problem."