15-Year-Old YouTube Star and Pro Skater Arrested for Suspected Sexual Exploitation of 12-Year-Old Girl
Steven Fernandez, 15-year-old pro skateboarder and Youtube star nicknamed “Baby Scumbag,” along with his manager, Jose Barajas and another pro skater, Keelan Lamar Dadd, were arrested recently on suspicion of luring a 12-year-old girl to commit sexual acts.
The Youtube star promised the girl he’d introduce her to celebrities and have her on an MTV show that didn’t exist in exchange for sexual acts with all three men. The girl accepted the offer, but soon after told police.
Fernandez, who has a huge following on Youtube, Twitter and Instagram, used his fame to lure the girl and at this time the authorities are not sure if she’s the only victim.
“Fernandez and his buddies used his fame and brand to sexually exploit the very girls who made the men rich and famous,” Ninette Toosbuy from the LAPD said. “We’re taking exceptional measures to find additional victims because the fate of some young lives may be at stake.”
However, Fernandez’s attorney, Ryan D’Ambrosio said, “We feel personally that he is just as much of a victim as the other minor in the case … and that his celebrity status was preyed on by the adults who were arrested in the matter.”
Fernandez took to Twitter to address his fans: “F*ck I feel like I’m letting so many people down” and “Please don’t ever give up on me”.
Get more details on the Youtube star’s arrest from KTLA here.