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Suspect Arrested for Obscene Facebook Photos

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

 A Hilton Head Island man was arrested Tuesday as the result of an ongoing investigation into lewd communications he reportedly had with multiple young females via Facebook.

Twenty-three year old Dionicio Gomez was arrested this morning on four counts of Disseminating Obscene Materials to a Minor for sending messages containing explicit language, sexual and drug references, and graphic photos of sexual acts and male genitalia to several local girls between the ages of 12-14.

Using fictitious Facebook profiles under the names of "Alex Maginnis" and "Diony Gomez," he sent "Friend" requests to each of the girls. Believing him to be someone they knew, the girls accepted the requests and began communicating with Gomez via the social network.

Eventually the subjects of Gomez's messages evolved to include illicit references to pornography, drug use, and sexual activities. Once the victims began receiving pornographic photos and requests to send nude pictures of themselves, they became fearful and alerted their parents, who in turn, notified law enforcement.

The case remains active as Sheriff's Office investigators are working closely with agents from both the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It is believed that Gomez may have contacted and/or made similar solicitations from numerous other young victims through Facebook.

Additional charges may be pending as the investigation continues. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact either Investigator LCpl. J. Shelton at 843-255-3511 or Crimestoppers.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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