LAKE ELSINORE (CBS) —  An 18-year-old suspected of sending explicit sexual images to a 16-year-old girl in Lake Elsinore was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of transmitting harmful material to a minor.

Tommy Phnoc Nguyen was taken into custody without incident at his family’s Garden Grove residence around 10 a.m. and booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Chavez, the parents of the 16-year-old girl discovered that their daughter had allegedly received nude pictures of Nguyen, who also reportedly wrote “sexually-related text messages” to her.

The parents spoke to investigators, leading to an arrest warrant being sworn out for the suspect.

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Comments (8)
  1. breide de soto says:


    1. Jeezus says:

      There was an article here?

  2. Vee says:

    Many men do not realize this that when you turn 18, you are no longer a minor. Because of this, you do not send pornography to any child that is 17 or younger.

    Some 20-something year olds still think that they can go out with minors because they think of themselves as young people with the same age range as a minor. They do not realize that this is against the law.

    Mr. Tommy Nguyen will now spend the rest of his life registering as a sex offender because of his error in judgment. Tommy, you are no longer a minor! stop mixing with minors!

    1. Chris says:

      Why is this such a big issue yet…..drugs are being sold to minors at an unbelievable rate??? I dont see any headlines on that……

  3. Serious says:

    They’re not too far apart. Unless the dude is a stranger or a creep, it doesn’t seem too big of a deal. Think about it, some of your mom or dad are probably two years older than their better half.

  4. paparazzinc says:

    How stupid can we be? Waste this young mans life over nothing. We are a nation of pettyness. Prude to the bone. Stupidity. In other nations this is called flirting. In America we spend millions charging and destroying young lives because we are jealous of young people have sex. This is all this is. Jealousy and control.

  5. Bob says:

    Yes, it would be different if he was much older than her. It’s probably a case of her parents not liking her boyfriend. I hope the judge finds accordingly.

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