BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in locating a man accused of sexual battery by false pretenses, false impersonation, indecent exposure, and theft.
The Bakersfield Police Department has been actively investigating similar purported incidents, whereby female victims have answered job postings from various internet sites targeting the Los Angeles area. The postings solicited females to work various positions as personal assistants, models, and actresses.
Female respondents to the job postings were contacted by a male who identified himself as an employee or talent scout for major television networks. The suspect utilized legitimate trademarks and employee names of major television networks as part of his illicit offenses. He also used email addresses that appear to be legitimate television networks and employment related forms with legitimate business trademarks. The suspect convinced female victims, primarily from the Los Angeles area, to travel to Bakersfield in order in order to interview and audition for film industry related jobs that were supposed to occur in the Bakersfield area. The suspect would meet the victims in local eating establishments or hotels. Through these cases, the suspect has obtained the victims’ personal identify information, has convinced them to use their own personal credit cards to purchase items under the false promise of reimbursement, or have been convinced to perform sexual acts under false pretense of job employment.
Specifically in two cases, the suspect asked the females to rent hotel rooms where auditions would be conducted. He persuaded these victims, through false pretense of financial gains, employment, and the promise of meeting renowned actors to do various sexual acts with him as part of an audition for movie roles. He was also able to swindle the victims of additional money for incidental expenditures and hotel room rental fees.
The suspect, in two of these investigations, has been identified as 45-year-old Anthony Augustus Jefferson.
The following are tips to assist persons using the internet to look for employment:
• Research the company and confirm it is a legitimate business; • Do not provide your personal identifying information unless you are certain it is a legitimate business; • Be cautious of meeting in hotel rooms, or other private locations, without first verifying the validity of the job and the full nature of the interview or audition.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111, or Detective Rodrigues at 326-3870.