7:45 AM PST — According to the LAPD — an investigation began last month — the victim told cops Fernandez lured her into a car, promised to introduce her to celebs and give her an appearance on his non-existent MTV show. Fernandez and Barajas were arrested during a sting by detectives just a few days later who pretended to be the 12-year-old girl and arranged a meeting through text messages at an abandoned house for sex. Dadd later turned himself in. Cops are still looking for more possible victims. 15-year-old YouTube star and skateboarder Steven Fernandez was arrested Wednesday after cops say he used his celebrity status to sexually exploit an underage girl.
Law enforcement tells TMZ … Fernandez met a 12-year-old girl in his hometown of Compton last month and allegedly promised he’d introduce her to big name celebs in exchange for sexual acts. We’re told the girl agreed and a sexual act was committed.
Cops were alerted shortly after and LAPD officers arrested Fernandez and 2 adults — his manager Jose Barajas and another skater, 27-year-old Keelan Dadd. We’re told all 3 were booked for sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old.
Steven’s gained a huge social media following. In one of his videos … Fernandez uses pickup lines on women. The video is unrelated to the arrest.
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