Michael Solano of Davie, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of offering a 14-year-old girl an iPod in exchange for naked photos, news sources report. Solano, 62, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on 15 counts of using or allowing a child to engage in sexual activity, 5 counts of possession of child pornography, and a single count of compiling child pornography. He is being held in lieu of $426,000 bail bond. The press did not say whether Solano has hired a lawyer.
The investigation began after the victim’s parents found images of her naked on her cell phone. When asked about the photos, the girl reportedly explained that Solano had offered her an Apple iPod in exchange for the photos. Reports said Solano is a friend to the victim’s family.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Solano had sent the victim a picture of his genitals, reports say. Detectives also found out that the victim had sent 15 nude images of herself to Solano. According to reports, officers searched Solano’s computer after his arrest and found several images of child pornography. It is not yet known whether Solano downloaded those images from the Internet or possibly solicited them from additional victims. It is also not clear whether he actually gave the girl an iPod.
Technology plays a big part in many crimes and stings these days. In one good example, two Papa John’s Pizzeria employees were fired after an audio recording of them shouting racial slurs at a customer was leaked to the Internet, reports say. Information regarding the employees’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. The CEO of the restaurant has since issued an apology to the victim.
Reports say the victim is an African American who lives in Sanford. He placed a delivery order for a pizza from a Papa Johns in his area, and the suspect/delivery man arrived to the victim’s home and gave him the pizza. Sources say the victim paid the $15.26 bill and tipped the driver 21%.
Shortly after delivering the pizza, the victim received a voicemail from the delivery man: the delivery man had accidentally pocket-dialed the victim and left the message, sources say. In the message, the deliveryman can be heard complaining about the tip from the victim and referring to him using racial slurs. Later in the message, the suspect is heard singing a number from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” using racial slurs as lyrics. Another suspect is heard laughing in the background.
The victim later uploaded the video to YouTube and filed a complaint with Papa John’s headquarters. Following the incident, Papa John’s Pizza Chairman and CEO John Schnatter issued an apology via Facebook and said he has since contacted the victim.
“[The suspects’] thinking and actions defy both my personal and the company’s values, and everything for which this company stands. The employees responsible for this absolutely unacceptable behavior were immediately terminated,” Schnatter said on Facebook.