LOS ANGELES — Special agents with the FBI this morning arrested a San Gabriel Valley man and online promoter of the involuntary celibate (incel) subculture on a federal cyberstalking charge that he conducted an internet harassment campaign against two teenage girls who rejected his sexual advances.
Carl Bennington, 33, was arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint unsealed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. Bennington will remain in federal custody pending the outcome of detention hearing scheduled for Thursday. His arraignment is scheduled for May 11.
The complaint alleges that, from at least February 2016 to March 2020, Bennington repeatedly used various social media accounts to harass young girls and women, including by sending hundreds of messages threatening to commit acts of physical and sexual violence against them if they did not submit to his sexual advances.
Neither victim ever met Bennington in person, according to the complaint. When one of the victims demanded that Bennington stop harassing her, Bennington replied that he was going to kill her and her family.
Social media records show that, in addition to the threatening and harassing messages he sent to young women and girls, Bennington frequently made statements on internet groups promoting incel ideology. According to court documents, incels are persons who are unable to find a willing sex partner. Incel ideology promotes the view that women oppress men and have too much freedom to choose their own sexual partners. The ideology ranges in tone from sad and self-loathing to advocating the “absolute hatred” of women, according to court documents.
The complaint charges Bennington with cyberstalking, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated this matter.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David T. Ryan of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section.
Weinstein Gets New Sex Assault Charge for Bev Hills Hotel Incident
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that film producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with an additional sexual assault count stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010.
Case BA483663 was amended to add one felony count of sexual battery by restraint. Weinstein (dob 3/19/52) was charged in January with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint.
“We are continuing to build and strengthen our case,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “As we gather corroborating evidence, we have reached out to other possible sexual assault victims. If we find new evidence of a previously unreported crime, as we did here, we will investigate and determine whether additional criminal charges should be filed.”
The new charge alleges that Weinstein sexually assaulted a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel on May 11, 2010. The victim was first interviewed by law enforcement in October 2019 as a possible corroborating witness in the case. Last month, she provided detectives with information confirming that the assault took place within the 10-year-statute of limitation.
The original criminal complaint charged Weinstein with sexually assaulting two women during separate incidents in 2013.
If convicted as charged in the amended complaint, the defendant faces up to 29 years in state prison.
Prosecutors have initiated a request for the temporary custody of Weinstein from New York, the first of several steps in the extradition process.
At this time, it is unknown when Weinstein will be transferred to Los Angeles County. Upon his arrival, he will be arraigned on the amended complaint. Once a court date is set, the public will be notified.
Prosecutors also announced today that two cases involving Weinstein were declined for prosecution because the victims did not want to testify against the defendant in this case.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson of the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
LAPD Seeks Additional Human Trafficking Victims of Arrested Pimp
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force is seeking additional victims of human trafficking.
On February 3, 2020, Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force arrested Christopher Moss, 33-year-old from Dallas, Texas for Human Trafficking.
In February North Hollywood Area Officers responded to a domestic violence radio call. During the officers investigation it was discovered that the victim had been engaging in commercial sex acts at the demand of her trafficker.
Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force assumed the investigation and immediately went into action and was able to provide the victim with advocate services.
This investigation has lead us to working in collaboration with other cities and states who may have an investigative interest in this case.
As the officers continued the human trafficking investigation it was obvious more victims were involved and needed to be located. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any additional victims. Detectives believe there are additional victims who have not filed police reports.
The above photograph is a tattoo that was branded onto one of the victims. Often times a human trafficker will brand their victims as a sign of ownership in the pimp culture.
The crown represents royalty and when the victim has earned it, the human trafficker will brand them. This specific tattoo also had the letter ‘D’ and inside is the $ symbol.
Christopher Moss moniker is “Daddy Cash” and the ‘D’ represents Daddy and the $ symbol represents cash.
It is important to note that any victim that comes forward, will not be in any kind of trouble. We have resources available to victims that come forward.
Anyone with additional information regarding Christopher Moss, or anyone who may have been a victim are asked to call Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force, Detective Cynthia Gonzales at 818-644-8091.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.
Harvey Weinstein Has One or More Cellmates, Already Suffered Injury
Update: Things changed. A Dept. of Corrections source told us Weinstein was in a cell by himself. As of now, he has a cellmate — one Rikers source says he has 2 cellmates. We’re also told Weinstein fell today and hit his head. He’s being treated.
NEW YORK (TMZ) — Harvey Weinstein ‘s getting special treatment in jail so far, but it’s not necessarily something he wants — he’s being kept isolated and under watch 24 hours a day … likely until his sentencing.
Senior Dept. of Corrections sources tell TMZ … ever since Weinstein was transferred to Rikers Island this week, he’s been staying on the 6th floor of the main building of the North Infirmary Command.
We’re told the floor has 30 beds in a dorm-like setting, but right now, Weinstein has the whole floor to himself … which keeps him safe from other inmates.
Our sources say a 24-hour security system is in place to monitor the disgraced Hollywood producer’s every move, which includes surveillance cameras and frequent check-ins by guards. At night, he’s moved to a cell with two other inmates to sleep.
As we told you … NYC prison officials were concerned about Weinstein harming himself, so it seems the DOC’s making sure to avoid that, as well.
Weinstein was moved to his infirmary unit at Rikers Thursday after undergoing a heart procedure at Bellevue Hospital … which is where he went after being convicted of a 1st-degree criminal sexual act and 3rd-degree rape.
His new digs at Rikers comes with 24/7 medical care and an attending physician on hand. There’s also a nearby annex on the grounds for any other medical needs.
As for Weinstein’s other prisoner perks … it’s pretty standard stuff. According to the DOC … he gets one hour of recreation time per day and access to the law library and religious services. He also gets heart-healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner … but we’re told he can also request junk food from the commissary.
Weinstein’s sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday … it’s unclear if or where he’ll be moved after the judge hands down his punishment.
We reached out to his attorneys, Donna Rotunno and Arthur Aidala … both declined to comment.
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