SAN FRANCISCO – Kingjohn Baylon Asuncion appeared in court today to face a federal criminal complaint charging him with coercion and enticement of a minor, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.
The complaint alleges that Baylon, 23 years old and last known to live in Los Angeles, enticed a 13 year old girl to produce and send him child pornography on Instagram during the timeframe of December 25 through December 29, 2019. The complaint further alleges that on January 3, 2020, the minor female, who is from Northern California, ran away from her family, who were in San Francisco visiting the UCSF Medical Center, to meet up with Baylon. Two days later, the minor girl was found with Baylon at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
Baylon made his initial appearance in federal court today before United States Magistrate Sallie Kim. Baylon remains in custody and his next scheduled appearance is Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. for a detention hearing, again before United States Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim.
The complaint charges Baylon with persuading, coercing, or enticing a person younger than 18 years old to engage in a sexual activity, which includes the production of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b). If convicted, Baylon faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years to a maximum of life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction is imposed by a court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
A complaint merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Yoosun Koh is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Senna Milstead. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI who worked jointly with the University of California, San Francisco, Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department, and with assistance from the Los Angeles Police Department.