SLO man accused of raping teen he met online
August 7, 2015
Grover Beach police arrested a 31-year-old San Luis Obispo man Friday who allegedly drugged and raped a teen he met on the internet
In 2013, Joel Gerardo Valdez Vazquez met his victim online through Facebook and Kik and began attempting on social media, to meet the teen in person. That same year, Vazquez met the teen in Grover Beach, drugged and then sexually assaulted the teen.
Vazquez then continued to contact the teen through social media.
In June, Grover beach police were informed of the assault and began an investigation.
On Friday, Grover Beach police arrested Vazquez and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of rape by force or fear, sexual intercourse with a person under 16, lewd or lascivious acts with a child 14 to 15 years of age, attempted oral copulation, sending sexual material to a minor and violating probation, according to the sheriff’s department website.
Vazquez’ criminal history includes more than a dozen arrests during the past 12 years. Charges include a 2014 arrest for furnishing alcohol to a minor and multiple arrests for battery. He is currently being held without bail because of a probation violation.
The Grover Beach Police Department is asking anyone with information about the suspect or who has been sexually assaulted by Vazquez to contact Detective Sonny Gerber at (805) 473-4502 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.