Man In Custody for Allegedly Preying on Minors

Man In Custody for Allegedly Preying on Minors
Above: File photo of Cruz Diaz | Courtesy of Watsonville PD
Originally published by Watsonville Police Department 

“Our Detectives are investigating a sensitive case involving a 26-year-old Watsonville man suspected of preying on several young girls.

Martin Cruz Diaz was arrested two weeks ago after detectives were alerted that he lured a 14-year-old teen and later engaged in a sexual relationship with her. Our ongoing investigation has led us to believe there may be additional victims.

Our evidence indicates the 26-year-old used social media to lure the young girls and then tricked them into believing he was under 18. Cruz Diaz is currently in custody at the Santa Cruz County jail, facing the following charges:

PC288(c)(1): A person who willfully commits any lewd or lascivious act upon a child age 14 or 15
PC 261.5(d): Unlawful Sexual intercourse
PC 288.4 PC: Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for Lewd Purposes
PC 288.3(a): Contacting Minor with Intent to Commit Certain Felonies

If you or someone you know has had inappropriate contact or communication with Cruz Diaz, we ask that you please contact Det. Richard Delfin at 831-768-3321.”

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