On Dec. 21, 2023, a Yolo County jury convicted Jayson Proctor, a 45-year-old Sacramento transient, of 1 rely of speaking with a minor with the intent to commit an unlawful intercourse act and one rely of arranging a gathering with a minor to have interaction in lewd and lascivious habits.
In keeping with a Yolo County District Lawyer’s Workplace press launch, Proctor’s habits was uncovered by an excellent Samaritan behind a web based group generally known as “Folks v. Preds.” This group makes use of decoy profiles on on-line courting apps and synthetic intelligence to pose as minors and interact with predators who’re looking for sexual encounters with kids.
The person behind the decoy profile paperwork these conversations and arranges conferences with these predators. That info is then reported to native legislation enforcement, who reply to the situation of the assembly on the designated time to gather proof and arrest these speaking with the decoy profile.
Whereas utilizing a preferred courting app, Proctor started a dialog with a “Folks v. Preds” decoy profile on Sept. 6, 2023. Throughout that dialog, the decoy profile was posing as a 15-year-old boy, a indisputable fact that was communicated to Proctor a number of occasions.
Their dialog lasted 10 days. Throughout that dialog, Proctor described in specific element the assorted intercourse acts that he wished to carry out with the minor. The decoy profile and Proctor agreed to satisfy to have intercourse on Sept.16, 2023, at 10:30 p.m. within the car parking zone of a Carl’s Junior in West Sacramento.
As an alternative of assembly a minor, Proctor was confronted by West Sacramento Police Officer Mitchell Williams, who arrested Proctor on the scene.
The trial started on Dec. 18, 2023, earlier than the Honorable Tom M. Dyer and concluded yesterday when the jury reached its responsible verdicts. Deputy District Lawyer Preston Schaub prosecuted the case.
Sentencing is scheduled to happen on Jan. 23, 2024. Proctor faces a most sentence of 4 years and eight months in state jail. He stays in custody on bail.
Yolo County District Lawyer Jeff Reisig praised the great Samaritan for his or her efforts and cooperation with legislation enforcement.
“The web could be a software for training and leisure, but it surely additionally harbors actual risks that we should confront,” Reisig said. “Predators exploit on-line platforms to focus on kids. Speak overtly along with your kids about on-line risks. Monitor their exercise, set privateness controls, and know their on-line world. Report suspicious exercise to legislation enforcement.”