South San Francisco CA October 1, 2020 Submitted by San Mateo Police Department
San Mateo Police Department detectives are investigating a 29-year-old male sexual predator responsible for soliciting sexual photos and videos from teenage boys worldwide via a fake Instagram account, while posing as a teenage girl, named “Alicia Harris”. Detectives are looking to identify additional victims, and those who have had contact with “Alicia Harris” or the Instagram accounts: @alchas04 and/or @alchas04_priv. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact SMPD Detective Sergeant Lee Violett at (650)522-7662 or email@example.com.
San Mateo, CA – In late May 2020, San Mateo Police Detectives received a case referral from Eden Prairie Police Department, Minnesota. During Eden Prairie PD’s investigation into a report of inappropriate internet behavior concerning a minor on the social media app Instagram, they learned solicited photos and videos of a sexual nature had been sent from the minor to a subject he was engaging in sexual conversations with. The subject identified themselves as a 15-year-old female, named “Alicia Harris”. Further investigation led detectives to determine Harris’ Instagram account originated in San Mateo, and the 15-year-old female claiming to be “Alicia Harris” was in fact a 29-year-old male Chinese national and San Mateo resident, identified as Wai Kit Ching, aka Raymond Ching. San Mateo Police then assumed the ongoing investigation.
On 9/29/20, with the assistance of ICAC-SF (Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), SMPD detectives served a search warrant on the suspect’s home in the 4300 block of Camden Avenue. Ching was contacted, provided a confession, and was placed under arrest. He was arraigned today on (7) counts of 288(a)PC-Lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, (8) counts of 288.3(a)PC-Contacting a minor with intent to commit a felony, (1) count of 311.11(a)PC-Possession of child pornography, and (7) enhancements of 667.61(b)(E)PC-One strike law for sex offenses.
During our investigation, it was discovered that Ching has communicated via Instagram with hundreds of teenage boys worldwide, but mainly within the United States and Europe, for the purpose of soliciting photos of their genitalia and videos of them masturbating for his own sexual gratification. It is believed Ching has been using Instagram for this purpose since 2018. Ching has targeted white juvenile males between the ages of 12-15, with blonde or light brown hair. He has posed as “Alicia Harris” during these communications, using the following Instagram handles: @alchas04 and @alchas04_priv. We also have reason to believe between December 2019-January 2020, Ching, acting as his true self, invited a San Mateo juvenile male into his home. SMPD is seeking additional juvenile victims, or juveniles who may have had contact with @alchas04, @alchas04_priv, “Alicia Harris”, “Raymond Ching”, or Wai Kit Ching via Instagram or in person to come forward.
SMPD continues to investigate this case. It is evolving and involves multiple victims and jurisdictions. We will provide further information when it’s available. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact SMPD Detective Sergeant Lee Violett at (650)522-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMPD encourages parents to speak to their teens about appropriate social media use. Remind them their social media safety is directly related to the personal information they share. Set privacy settings, advise them to be selective about friend requests, teach them to never agree to meet anyone they met online, review their social media periodically, and most importantly, remind them that “what goes on the internet, stays on the internet.”
Wai Kit Ching, aka Raymond Ching
29-year-old, San Mateo Resident
(7) Counts 288(a) PC – Lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14
(8) Counts 288.3(a) PC – Contacting a minor with intent to commit a felony
(1) Count 311.11(a) PC – Possession of child pornography
(7) Counts of Enhancement 667.61(b)(E) PC – One strike law for sex offenses