SAN FERNANDO (CBS) — Prosecutors leveled five more charges Wednesday against a 19-year-old man they said had sex with underage girls he met on Facebook.

Michael Downs, a resident of Santa Clarita, is set to be arraigned Feb. 6 in San Fernando Superior Court on 34 counts, including the new felony charges of committing a lewd act on a child, unlawful sexual intercourse, sexual penetration by a foreign object and misdemeanor sexual battery.

The new charges involving three youths who were between 13 and 15 years old, brings to 15 the number of alleged victims, according to Jane Robison of the District Attorney’s Office.

Downs was already charged with sex-related crimes — including committing a lewd act on a child, unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation of a person under 18 — involving a dozen other girls who were between 12 and 16 years old.

Downs met the girls at social events, public places and through  Facebook throughout 2011, said Lt. Carlos Marquez of the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.

The assaults occurred at various locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the sheriff’s lieutenant.

“His alleged approach was befriending victims on Facebook by claiming he was 16 years old and gaining their confidence in part by giving the names of other teen girls and saying he was friends with them,” Marquez said. “He would ultimately convince them to meet with him and then allegedly had sex with them.”

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Comments (6)
  1. ginny says:

    As much as I would prefer to place all of the blame on this pervert, I have to also place some ownership on the parents of these young girls and the girls themselves. We see reports day after day on these types of offenses, yet instead of them becoming less, they are climbing.

    1. Realist says:

      Ummm he’s 19 years old and getting busy with naughty girls… sheesh 🙁
      It’s not like he is in his thirties, from the beginning of time men and women lie to get sex. Ever heard of a 16 year old girl saying she was 18 ?

  2. Jessenia Martinez says:

    I have to agree with both of you, but these dumb girls are also to blame for meeting a stranger off of the internet. However, I also believe these girls may have made the choice to have sex with him.

  3. kwanggee says:

    Alot of pedophile men on

  4. Connie Biddlecomb says:

    A young ladies brain is not developed until age 25. I do not believe that a 19 year old man is not at fault here. One of the girls was 14 thank God for the laws we have to protect our young. When was enough really enough for this man how many young girls did he need? I am glad he is off the street.

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