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Phony photographer arrested in incident with teenage girl, police say

May 9, 2012 |  5:56 am

PhotographerA man was arrested on suspicion of posing as a photographer to meet and take pictures of an underage teenage girl, authorities said.

Officials said a Cypress police officer observed William Gabriel Rodriguez, 29, with the teen in Maple Grove Park on Monday night, KTLA-TV reported.

After questioning the two, they said, the officer learned that the girl was 15 years old and had met Rodriguez on a social networking website.

The girl told police that Rodriguez had sent her several text messages, including a lewd picture, officials said.

Rodriguez, who goes by the name "Tattooed Photographer" on the site, had initially told the officer the girl was 18 years old, officials said.

He is now in custody awaiting arraignment later this month. His bail was set at $100,000.

Investigators say they believe Rodriguez may have more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cypress Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau at (714) 229-6631


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-- KTLA News

Photo: William Gabriel Rodriguez. Credit: Cypress Police Department