PALMDALE – A 55-year-old aerospace worker from the Palmdale area was one of three people arrested during multiple proactive “sting” operations, which targeted predators using the Internet as a means to engage and sexually exploit children, authorities announced.
Joseph Dufrene was arrested after he allegedly advertised to meet a younger female to have “daddy/daughter role play fun”, according to a press report from the Sheriff Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
Dufrene believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl and had multiple opportunities to terminate the meeting they arranged, the report states. Dufrene allegedly traveled to a local park “in hopes of meeting a minor for sexual purposes,” the press report states.
At the prearranged meeting location, Dufrene was instead met by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Special Victims Bureau SAFE Team and the Federal Bureau of Investigation SAFE Team Task Force, the report states.
He was arrested around 3 p.m. May 27 and booked in County jail on suspicion of arranging to meet a minor for the purpose of a lewd act. Dufrene was released from custody that night after posting $75,000 bond, according to LASD inmate records.
Dufrene, a 1976 Antelope Valley High School graduate, has worked at The Boeing Company for the past 25 years, according to his Linkedin page. View it here.
The sting operation that busted Dufrene was one of three Child Sexual Exploitation Operations that resulted in arrests.
An operation conducted May 14 nabbed Steven Brown, a 64-year-old computer programmer from the Santa Clarita Valley area who allegedly advertised for a young girl to engage in a sexual liaison, according to the press report.
A third operation, conducted June 4, resulted in the arrest of Ernest Mancuso, a 63-year-old man from the Alhambra area who allegedly advertised to engage a young female in a “daddy/daughter” relationship, the press report states.
The sting operations were conducted in conjunction with Internet Safety Month, which takes place in June. The Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team conducts online sexual exploitation investigations involving children for the entire LASD jurisdiction.