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Vista Man Pleads Guilty to Coercing Young Children into Sending Him Naked Pictures

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California

Assistant U. S. Attorneys Alexandra Foster (619) 546-6735 and Sabrina Feve (619) 546-6786




SAN DIEGO – Joseph Daniel Saucedo of Vista pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges, admitting that he attempted to manipulate two children, ages 11 and 16, into sending sexually explicit photographs of themselves, and then threatened to expose them if they refused to continue.


According to the facts in the plea agreement, Saucedo posed as a teenage girl, “Amy Jennings,” and began communicating on-line with an 11-year-old Canadian boy. At first the two had normal conversations about everyday life. But then Saucedo, pretending to be “Amy,” sent naked pictures of young girls and asked the boy to communicate with her friend, Saucedo, in return. When the boy refused, “Amy” posted a photograph of his house, told the boy she knew where he lived, and threatened to shame him into communicating with Saucedo.


The boy ultimately relented and texted Saucedo, who then communicated with the boy using FaceTime and displayed his naked front torso. The boy hung up on Saucedo but the calls and the threats continued until, finally, on January 25, 2016, the boy received a message from “Amy,” which included a video of a young boy masturbating. “Amy” threatened to leak the video and claim it was the Canadian boy if the boy did not send naked pictures of himself to Saucedo.


Additional investigation revealed that Saucedo had been in communication with other young children, successfully soliciting sexually graphic images from them. For example, in August 2015, Saucedo struck up a conversation with a 16-year-old girl in Florida through Instagram. This time, Saucedo pretended to be a modeling agent looking for “bikini and nude models,” adding, “obviously the pay is great.” When the Florida girl told Saucedo that she was only 16 and would have to check with her parents, he volunteered that they could just “make a portfolio” at no cost to her, and “then we can talk to your parents.” She demurred again, telling Saucedo that she had “never been comfortable in my skin.” He promised to “help with that hun if you want we can FaceTime so nothing is saved.”


She continued to refuse his overtures until Saucedo, under the guise of “Amy Jennings,” threatened to blackmail the girl. The girl turned to Saucedo for help with “Amy.” Although he initially claimed no knowledge of Amy Jennings and insisted his modeling business was legitimate, he quickly agreed to help the girl, for a price: Nude pictures of herself. He even asked her to “[w]rite my name on a paper or hand so I know it’s a new one.” She acquiesced and sent him pictures of her breasts with “Joe” written across her chest.


Saucedo demanded that the girl continue sending him naked photographs, or “Amy” would post compromising pictures of the girl. The girl volunteered that she was “looking into Kik’s legal system” to handle the threatening “Amy” posts. Within seconds, Saucedo responded, “Na I’ll pay her I don’t want you to get in trouble.” Saucedo no doubt feared that alerting Kik to “Amy Jennings” could have compromised his illegal activities. Saucedo told the girl that he had paid “Amy Jennings” $2,000. As a thank you, the girl agreed to a sexually explicit FaceTime chat with Saucedo.


Saucedo continued to hound the girl for almost a year, from August 2015 to June 2016, requesting more naked photographs. He even sent her a photo of stacks of money to elicit more naked photographs. She sent him one more photograph in October 2015, but then stopped responding.


Sentencing is scheduled for August 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino.


DEFENDANT                             Case Number: 17-CR-00095-JLS


Joseph Daniel Saucedo                 Age: 26                            Vista, CA




Counts One and Two

Attempted Receipt and Receipt of Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2)

Minimum Penalty: 15 years

Maximum Penalty: 40 years




Homeland Security Investigations

United States Secret Service

Updated May 31, 2017

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: CAS17-0525-Saucedo