Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Couple accused of using MySpace to seduce two underage girls into orgy


A pair of strippers were cooling off in jail Monday night after using MySpace.com to seduce two underage girls and take them to a strip club for an orgy, authorities said.

Husband-and-wife strip team Julio Rojas, 31, and Sophie Soto, 22, set up an elaborate online ruse to ensnare the teens - 13 or 14 years old - into their twisted lifestyle, prosecutors said.

The couple "[lured] two obviously troubled young girls to their apartment where they were plied with liquor before being used to satisfy the defendants' own illicit carnal cravings," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The hard-bodied duo were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Saturday on a 56-count criminal complaint including statutory rape, sexual abuse, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

They face up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

This was Rojas' second arrest for seducing underage girls in his 104th St. Corona crash pad. He is facing charges of hosting weekly three-way orgies with a girl younger than 17 between January and April 2005, according to a criminal complaint. Rojas' lawyer had no comment.

Rojas is being held at Rikers Island in lieu of $500,000 bail, and Soto on $250,000 bail.

The sordid trysts began in November 2006, when Soto contacted one of the teens through the online site and pretended to be a sexually inexperienced teen in need of advice, authorities said.

Over the next three months, Soto and the teen - whose name and age were not released - exchanged sexually explicit online messages, phone calls and photos.

The relationship culminated in a booze-fueled sex romp in Soto's Corona apartment Jan. 20, 2007, a day after the teen decided to run away from home at Soto's encouragement, prosecutors said.

Soto directed the teen and her 13- or 14-year-old friend to the second-floor Corona apartment to take a shower, then gave them drinks and took them into her bedroom, where Rojas joined them, prosecutors said.

Later that night, the group traveled to a Manhattan strip club where Soto and another stripper led the teens in a drunken X-rated show and public orgy, as patrons were invited to participate, prosecutors said.

Soto and Rojas preyed on the teens three additional times through May 2007, the criminal complaint says.

The case came to light when the girls told their parents, prosecutors said.

Rojas - a long-haired bodybuilder whose stage name is Wild Apache, the Savage - was scheduled to perform this Saturday night at a Brooklyn strip club.

Soto, whose Web site includes a photo of her mom, blamed Rojas for her actions.

"When [police] told defendant Soto that she didn't look like she wanted to have sex with young girls, defendant Soto stated that she did it for him," the complaint says.

The couple is due back in court Jan. 28.


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