A San Diego man was taken into custody in a Riverside County sheriff’s sting targeting online predators seeking sex with
children, it was announced.
Jason Alexander Shupe, 34, was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of communicating with a minor for the purpose of committing a sexual offense, attempted child molestation and facilitating a minor to commit lewd acts.
Shupe posted a $50,000 bond and was released from the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside within three hours of being taken into custody.
According to District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall, members of the county’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force encountered Shupe in an Internet chat room in July.
An investigator posing as a 13-year-old girl communicated with the suspect and agreed to a rendezvous at a Moreno Valley shopping center, “then (to) go elsewhere to have sex,” Hall said.
“When Shupe arrived at the shopping center, he was instead met by SAFE Task Force members and arrested,” he said.
“When arrested, Shupe had condoms in his possession.”
The SAFE team, formed in 2006, conducts a variety of operations year-round, including keeping track of the county’s oughly 3,500 convicted sex offenders.