Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators arrested a man suspected of using social media to lure children into performing sexual acts in an investigation that has identified over 80 victims throughout the United States.
In 2020 and 2021, Demetrius Carl Davis, 24, allegedly posed as a prepubescent girl named “Lizzy" online, and wouldlure and groom children 6 to 13 years old, the Sheriff's Office said. According to authorities, he allegedly befriended children and sent them child pornography. “After establishing a relationship with the child, Davis would direct them to produce child pornography, depicting themselves engaging in sexual acts with their siblings and other children known to them,” sheriff’s spokesperson Rodney Grassmann said in a video release. Investigators have now reportedly identified more than 80 alleged victims in the United States, and possibly 15 others or more internationally for a total of at least 100 child victims. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is involved with the international investigation.
Davis currently remains jailed without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Sacramento Superior Court for his arraignment on Thursday.