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Roseville man gets 21 years for sexting with minors

Jacob Anthony Mora used Kik Messenger to connect with teenage girls
By: Andrew Westrope,
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A 33-year-old Roseville man was sentenced Feb. 17 in federal court to 21 years and 10 months in prison, and lifetime supervision upon release, for using an app to solicit sex from underage girls.

According to a plea agreement obtained by the Press Tribune from the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert, the defendant, Jacob Anthony Mora, admitted to meeting four underage girls for sex, and attempting to exchange nude photos with 20 underage girls. He used Kik Messenger, an internet-based instant messaging service, to encourage girls between the ages of 12 and 17 to exchange sexually explicit photographs with him, engage in sexually explicit conversations, and meet him to have sex. He saved explicit images in a hidden “vault” application on his cell phone.

Court documents say Rocklin police reviewed the cell phone of a 14-year-old girl from Rocklin in June 2013, after she told them she had sex with Mora at least twice between January and March 2013. She also sent him explicit photos when he asked. Mora was arrested at home in August 2013 on the basis of this contact.

The subsequent investigation and search of Mora’s home and cell phone yielded images of numerous other minors.
In a Mirandized statement during the Rocklin search, Mora, who was 29 at the time, admitted to contacting the girl with text messages and Instagram, and meeting four underage girls for sex as an adult. In some cases, Mora understated his age as 18 or 19 years old when trying to entice victims. According to a sentencing memo, Mora admitted that he focused on minor girls because they were more open to talking with him and not as guarded.

Prior to his arrest in August 2013, Mora was a transport clerk at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, responsible for moving people in wheelchairs around the hospital, but authorities do not believe he was sexting with patients.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rocklin and Roseville Police Departments. It was also brought forward as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat a growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.