Man Arrested For Allegedly Hiring Teen Boys To Spit On Him
A Thousand Oaks man was arrested after allegedly paying boys from a local high school to spit on him, slap him and yell profanities at him, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department reports.
Authorities say some teens even alleged that the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Charles William Hersel, paid them to urinate and defecate on him. Ventura County Sheriff's officials say the suspect lured teens via MySpace but soon had a steady flow of victims as word got around tony Westlake High School that he was paying to get spit on.
After catching wind of the suspect, deputies started a sting operation and contacted the suspect via text message: He came up with $31 to be spit on, says Det. Eric Buschow.
Hersel was arrested on suspicion of child annoyance and released.
The man's apartment and computer were searched, and sheriff's officials are still digging into the suspect's activities. Anyone with information about him was asked to call Det. Anthony Aguirre at 805-371-8309.
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