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False name, fake voice: Man lured victims to home under bogus pretenses, California investigators say

Posted: 3:41 PM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 16:41:15-05

A California man who authorities say contacted women through social media and disguised his voice in hopes of luring them into his home for sex remains in San Bernardino County Jail after being arrested last week.

Arturo Alfred Martinez, 42, was arrested on suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual act, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said .

Bail for Martinez was set at $500,000 pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday, according to San Bernardino County booking records.

Martinez was arrested in San Berardino after receiving complaints from numerous women, including a 17-year-old, who claimed they were lured to his residence under false pretenses. They said they were solicited by Martinez, who attempted to attract them with a false name and a phony female voice, a San Bernardino police release said.

Martinez allegedly solicited women through babysitting services, cleaning service, real estate companies, taxi services and possibly other delivery businesses, the release said.

Later, deputies served search and arrest warrants on Martinez, who the release said is a registered sex offender after a conviction for indecent exposure.