A man accused of five different attempts to lure children into an alley — including one attempted assault — was arrested last week by Long Beach police and arraigned on several charges.
Derek Christopher Nixon, 26, of Long Beach, was arrested and charged with one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts and seven misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child. His bail was set at $240,000.
Police had gone to the public just a week before with video of Nixon, and it was a tip from an area resident that led to the arrest, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton. He said the tipster both recognized the individual from the video as well as providing a description and license plate of the car that matched a partial plate number police had been given.
“We were able to take away a person who was preying on young children and getting him off the street,” Eaton said.
Nixon was not a registered sex offender and did not have prior charges against him, Eaton said.
The victims were between the ages of 5 and 11, and none were molested, Eaton said. According to police, Nixon would approach the youth, show them pornography and try to get them to follow him into a nearby alley or secluded location.
There were five incidents, all in the central part of the city and all in the last year, Eaton said.
On a couple of occasions, some youth did follow Nixon into a nearby alleyway.
As for why Nixon showed the youth pornography, Eaton said he did not know.
“This was something he had worked up in his head and thought about,” Eaton said.
Police are still investigating and think there could be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to call 570-7368.