A prominent trans activist who was highly praised by liberal media outlets and institutions is now facing 16 felony charges for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor following a sextortion investigation.
Carlos Arturo Aparicio Hernandez, 36, of Taylorsville, Utah, a biological male who identifies as a woman named “Raiza”, is accused of the sexual abuse and exploitation of a 15-year-old boy after sending the victim a friend request on Facebook posing as a teenage girl.
According to charging documents, the 15-year-old victim accepted a friend request on Facebook in January of 2021 from someone he was led to believe was a female his own age. After communicating for months, the victim sent nude photos at the request of Hernandez and was later asked to meet in-person, court documents state.
The victim invited Hernandez to his home in West Valley City, Utah where he then discovered that the girl he thought he was talking to was a transgender sexual predator.
Upon arrival, Hernandez forced the boy to engage in “sexual acts” by blackmailing him and threatening to release the minor’s explicit photos if he didn’t comply. Hernandez recorded the assault, charging documents state.
The two met on three separate occasions following repeated threats from Hernandez, according to court documents.
The West Valley Police Department busted Hernandez in a sting operation after the incident was reported to authorities. Officers gained access to the victim’s Facebook account through a search warrant and arranged a meeting with Hernandez. Officers arrested Hernandez when he showed up to the meeting location and booked him into Salt Lake County Jail.