LAKEWAY, Texas (KXAN) — Officials are searching for more possible victims of a man accused of soliciting teenage boys for sex online in exchange for vape pens and alcohol.
Luann Fabric Campos Leao Hida, 25, was arrested last year and after a court appearance Monday, his indictment was unsealed, according to officials.
In a joint press conference Tuesday, U.S. Attorney John Bash along with officials from the FBI, Lakeway Police Department and other local law enforcement addressed details of what the indictment alleges.
Officials called Hida a “suspected serial predator” and said he is accused of sexually assaulting the boys, sending them sexually graphic messages and covertly creating multiple sexually graphic photos and videos of some of them. Police say Hida used screen names “TheLOTR” and “TXLOTR” when he communicated with the boys.
Federal officials say Hida was charged with 52 counts of child pornography — 24 counts of production of child pornography, 27 counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child porn. He’s accused of distributing the porn via WhatsApp.
Officials say they’ve identified 15 victims in the WhatsApp videos, which were recorded and sent between 2014 and 2018. The known alleged victims range in age from 12 to 17. However, detectives believe there are around 20 more in those videos who they have not yet been able to identify.
Detectives believe Hida victimized boys in Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties. Most of his victims were in Central Texas, but several were from other parts of Texas and at least one other state.
U.S. Attorney John Bash said in Tuesday’s press conference that the abuse may date back further than 2014.
“The allegations on this person are serious, and there are a lot of them, so it’s very possible that he was allegedly abusing many other people at other times and other places,” Bash said.
Bash added that investigators don’t believe they have evidence of every case of abuse. They believe there could be many more victims who have yet to come forward.
“Parents should be thinking even before 2014,” Bash said. “You never know if this person or someone associated with him might have been abusing kids before that time, so we want to cast a wide net here. Don’t just limit yourself to recent years, to a child who is in Hays County or Travis County; it could be anywhere in Central Texas. I mean, heck, if you’re in a different state and you’re seeing this and you’ve seen this guy’s picture around your children…we don’t have any reason to believe that he was going around to different states, but if you do, please report it.”
Rather than reaching out to local law enforcement agencies, the FBI is asking parents of potential victims to email TXLOTRvictims@fbi.gov or complete a secure online questionnaire and avoid asking their child more questions about what happened.
“While it’s natural for parents to want to gain a better understanding of the potential exploitation of their child, further questioning may lead to inaccurate statements and increased emotional trauma,” the FBI’s press release stated.
If convicted, Hida faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison for each child pornography production charge, a minimum of five years for each distribution charge and a maximum of 10 years for the possession charge.