The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating a suspect, 45-year-old Anthony Augustus Jefferson, wanted for sexual battery by false pretenses, false impersonation, indecent exposure and theft.
The department has been actively investigating similar purported incidents, in which female victims have answered job postings from various Internet sites targeting the Los Angeles area. The postings solicited females to work various positions as personal assistants, models and actresses.
The women, between the ages of 20 and 53 years old, who contacted Bakersfield Police officers to describe what had occurred were from Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Westlake and West Los Angeles, and the city of Orange in Orange County.
Female respondents to the job postings were contacted by a male who identified himself as an employee or talent scout for major television networks.
Jefferson allegedly utilized legitimate trademarks and employee names of major television networks as part of his illicit offenses. He also used email addresses that appear to be legitimate television networks and employment related forms with legitimate business trademarks.
The suspect convinced female victims to travel to Bakersfield in order to interview and audition for film industry related jobs. Jefferson would meet the victims in local eating establishments or hotels.
Through these cases, he had obtained the victims’ personal identity information, had convinced them to use their own personal credit cards to purchase items under the false promise of reimbursement, or had been convinced to perform sexual acts under false pretense of job employment.
Specifically, in two cases, Jefferson asked the females to rent hotel rooms where auditions would be conducted.
He persuaded these victims, through false pretense of financial gains, employment and the promise of meeting renowned actors, to do various sexual acts with him as part of an audition for movie roles. He was also able to swindle the victims of additional money for incidental expenditures and hotel room rental fees.
Jefferson’s last known address was where the crimes allegedly occurred in Bakersfield but the suspect previously lived in West Los Angeles. An arrest warrant for Jefferson’s arrest was issued on Sept. 7 for sexual battery by false pretense, false impersonation, indecent exposure and petty theft charges.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661)327-7111, or Detective Rodrigues at (661)326-3870.
Tips can also be anonymously sent through e-mail at www.tipsubmit.com.