An assistant wrestling coach at Wesley Chapel High School faces criminal charges after Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies say he lured teenage boys into sending him nude photographs.
Deputies say Carlos Perez, 22, a former assistant wrestling coach at the high school last season, has used the name “Alayna Dentry” on Facebook and other social media platforms over the past five years. Posing as Alayna, “the defendant would befriend males and send them nude photographs of an unknown female,” a probable cause affidavit stated. He would then ask for nude photos of the boys in exchange, a media release of the arrest stated.
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“The defendant admitted to doing this and was fully aware the victims were juveniles as he was a wrestling coach at Wesley Chapel High School and personally knew some of the victims,” the affidavit stated.
Perez was brought into custody Wednesday evening after victims provided investigators with chat history and the photos Perez is accused of sending.
Perez, the affidavit stated, provided them with information related to multiple victims, but only two have been identified at this time.
Perez was charged with two counts of electronic transmission of information harmful to minors, Patch.com reported. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.
He remained in the Land O’ Lakes Jail Thursday on $10,000 bond, jail records indicated.
Deputies say Perez was not a full-time employee of the Pasco County School district. He worked on a contract basis during the wrestling season. His contract ended in March and he is no longer contracted by the school.
More information is expected to be released at a press conference held later Thursday.