A man seeking revenge for his son’s allegedly confiscated iPod has been convicted of computer fraud and identity theft.
Robert Dale Esparza Jr. of Gilbert, Arizona reportedly created a fake porn profiled of the assistant principal at his son’s school because his son told him the man had confiscated his iPod.
The 34-year-old father wanted to get back at Frank Hendricsen, so he went to the pornographic website xHamster. Using a photo of Hendricsen and his wife, which he took from the school’s website, Esparza pretended to be Hendricsen and claimed he and his wife were swingers looking for someone to join them in sexual activities. He even used photos of male genitalia he found in Craigslist ads and said they were his (Hendricsen’s).
The pornographic profile was found by a parent of a student who searched Hendricsen’s name online after the assistant principal was hired by the Gateway Pointe Elementary School.
From there, police investigators got involved and it was not long before the IP address was tracked back to Esparza with help from xHamster’s webmasters. It was revealed Esparza was even using a computer at his place of work, home-security company Safeguard, where he is reportedly no longer employed.
When police first confronted Esparza he reportedly laughed then tried to say his son made the profile. Evidence proved otherwise and he was arrested.
Though he ultimately confessed to making the profile, he refused probation, taking the case to trial. Now that he has been convicted by a journey, Esparza will be lucky to avoid jail time.
The profile, which was created in May 2011, was deleted by xHamster and Hendricsen has chosen to continue working at Gateway Pointe. As for the iPod, Hendricsen says he never took it.