Backroom Casting Couch Recruiter Antonio Gonzalez Faces Additional Kiddy-Porn-Related Charges

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Backroom Casting Couch recruiter Antonio "Gonzo" Gonzalez.
Things just got even worse for "reality" porn recruiter Antonio Adrian "Gonzo" Gonzalez.

"Gonzo" was charged last month with several kiddy-porn-related charges for allegedly sexually attacking several underage girls he was recruiting for his websites, photosbygonzo.com and gonzomodeling.com -- both feeders for the porn website "Backroom Casting Couch" -- and now he faces even more charges.

If you're not familiar with how Backroom Casting Couch works, or how its "star," Eric Whitaker -- who's seen on the site having unprotected sex with dozens of young women -- has herpes, click here.

Initially, Gonzalez was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of furnishing obscene materials to a minor, two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of sexual abuse. At the time, hinted to New Times that additional charges were pending.

Now, according to court records, Gonzo's looking at an additional count of sexual conduct with a minor and three more counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, for a grand total of six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of furnishing obscene materials to a minor.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, in April of 2010, Gonzalez invited a 17-year-old girl to his house at 8854 South Grandview Drive in Tempe to pose for photographs she could use in a portfolio.

During the shoot, Gonzalez tried to pull the girl's skirt down and asked her take some nude photos. The girl declined, but that didn't stop "Gonzo."

Despite the girl's shooting down his advances, Gonzalez pulled her onto his lap and tried to untie the bikini top she was wearing. She again told him she wasn't interested in nude photos, which Gonzalez must have interpreted as "I want to touch your penis" because that's what happened next.

After getting shot down twice by the girl, Gonzalez, court docs state, "forced the girl's hand onto his erect penis."

The girl again told him she wasn't interested in anything sexual. Gonzalez responded by taking the girl to his computer and showing her photos of him having sex with a girl the victim knew to be under 19. In fact, it turns out the girl in the photos having sex with Gonzalez was only 16 at the time.

Gonzalez copped to it all. He admitted knowing the girls were underage, and told police he uses social media websites to recruit girls to appear on Backroom Casting Couch.

One of "Gonzo's" former models, who wished to not be identified, tells New Times Gonzalez's aggressiveness is standard operating procedure for the fondling photog.

She described an incident almost identical to the one described by "Gonzo's" other victims where, without warning, he tried to undo her top as she was posing for photos. She told him to stop, but he refused and tried to grab her breasts. He finally gave up when the woman continued to reject his advances.

The woman also explained how Whitaker was in the next room at the time and undoubtedly heard the attack.

Whitaker, as far as we know, has not been charged with any crimes, although, according to his Twitter page, the "SWAT team" kicked down his door on June 19, just days after Gonzalez's arrest. 
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Guest
Guest

The author who writes all of this....really has issues with Eric Whittaker. I mean I understand being pissed about the child porn incident thats understandable, and Gonzo should be executed for the kiddie porn incident, but Eric Whittaker has done nothing as far as im aware thats illegal so they really need to stop giving a shit, and just deal with it hey if he breaks the law go right ahead, but if he doesn't just shut the fuck up most of the people on there are probably paid to do it anyways, and they even wrote in the same story where he has "herpes" that one girl got paid 2000 dollars....another think this rumor he has Herpes is ridiculous someone else has stated that its merely cold sores something that does not count as an STD, and they were constantly saying "He is spreading STD's a crime in most states!" and are going on about it. The author here is obviously bias in his/her opinion, and clearly has a HIGH level of distaste, and personal prejudice against Eric.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

James, sources say that you've watched enough porn to know that porn producers are aggressive in their tactics and it's nothing new or unusual.   An unnamed, masked woman said those actions are indeed "wrong" but they are the norm.    An unnamed executive of a major film studio has been quoted on his facebook blog twitter as saying these girls all know why they're having their pictures taken by a sleazy dude in his house and it's not to build their modeling portfolio and that it's just a cover story for their desire to be in porn. 

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debunker
debunker

I like Mike Tancredi's posts, well written, knowledgeable, rather credible and useful info. I think the King James or one of his minions is trolling over at the complaints board, flaming me, shilling with links back to around here. He thinks I am Rick, he thinks everybody's Rick. Rick has a pretty dick and I would have loved to bang a few of these girls, but I would have asked them to put their outfit on before couching or desking them. Even the German beer garden girl did not keep her dress on, what a shame.

Martin Hresko
Martin Hresko

@ James King

Your reporting sinks to new lows. You no longer have any real information to work with, so you resort to sources that can't be verified or criticized : "One of "Gonzo's" former models, who wished to not be identified ..."

According to this unknown source, "Whitaker was in the next room at the time and undoubtedly heard the attack." Did you bother to ask her how she knew this for a fact? Did you bother to question her if the door to the other room was closed, or if Whitaker was asleep, or if the TV or radio was playing in the background, etc.?

Since you fail to do any real investigative reporting or answer hard questions put to you in the comments to your articles, let me repeat here some of the questions you have conveniently failed to answer :

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Mike Tancredi 1 week ago @ James King

You don't take criticism very well. You assume everyone that disagrees with you is really a minion for Eric Whitaker.

I was amused with your "Despite What You May Have Heard, an ASU Freshman in 'Reality Porn' Movie Didn't Lose Her $33,000 Scholarship" story, but after reading the present article and the "Backroom Casting Couch's Anonymous 'Reality' Porn Creep Has Herpes", I'm convinced that you have forgotten the basics of journalism ethics : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

I believe your anger against Eric Whitaker stems from your belief that heintentionally outed Elizabeth Hawkenson in order to drive traffic to his website ["A highly publicized rumor was started (likely by Whitaker to drive traffic to his site) ..."]. I too would be bothered by this, if true. However, had you bothered to check facts prior to publishing the present story, you would've realized that Elizabeth Hawkenson is now aware of who did out her. It wasn't Eric Whitaker or anyone associatedwith the BackroomCastingCouch site. Elizabeth Hawkenson (aka Libby) was outed by a fellow member of the ASU band. (later corrected to read "Elizabeth Hawkenson (aka Libby) was outed by a fellow band member from her home town.")

I expect a follow up story from you.

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Mike Tancredi 1 week ago

@ James King

I've already asked you to contact Elizabeth Hawkenson about the REAL story of who outed her. While you are at it, you might want to ask her why she's having dinner with Gonzo and her friend just a few weeks ago (June 2) if she's SO traumatized by her experience with Eric Whitaker and everything associated with the BackroomCastingCouch site? :

http://twitter.com/#!/GonzoPho...http://yfrog.com/gzle8xcj

In fact, she is still listed as a friend of Mayflower Inc. on ModelMayhem :

http://i55.tinypic.com/ipbp7l....

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Confused Reader 1 week ago

This is interesting reporting. It's so close to the truth that it's very believable. But it's false. Here's what I'm talking about:

1. Elizabeth Hawk.. did leave school after participating in the adult video. However, she's back in Arizona (not as reported) and she's returning to school this fall (which was left out).

2. Eric posted the fact that he has "cold sores" on his own Twitter account. This isn't investigative journalism. This is just reading an adult star's Twit Pics blog. So...your previous article about Herpes is misleading.

3."Modeling" is in quotations as if Gonzo didn't have a modeling business or that it wasn't real. If you go to his old website on the Wayback Machine, you'll see that he did run a modeling agency with several girls on it. So, it was/is a legit business. Not just a name or domain name.

4. I'm not familiar with every city and state's privacy laws, but I'm sure publishing someone address while stating that they are definitely guilty of child porn is illegal and probably a libel offense. He wasn't convicted and even if he was, publishing his home address is not a smooth move.

5. Besides your opinion, what proof do you have that Eric created a rumor so powerful that it would cause one of the many local coeds to quit school and move to another state. Why that particular girl? There were several others who posed from ASU or Arizona University. Also girls from GCC and Mesa. So, why her? There is no reason because Eric didn't do it. How can you write this as a fact?

6. If this underage girl witness photos of "Gonzo" having sex with someone other the age of 19....why is 19 such a big deal? Age of consent is younger than 19. Plus, mostly all of the models should have sign or been presented with a release form of some type. If "Gonzo" can produce this document with the underage girl lying about her age and signing it, then wouldn't your reporting be completely false? This is why you have to say that he MAY have done this and not that he absolutely did it.

Please tell me you are a high school student (Freshman) who is just starting out. If not, you really should pick another profession. You are really giving online journalism a bad name.

Travisp
Travisp

If this guy was posting the videos of under age girls on his web site  then LEGALLY they need to arrst anyone who watched them. Since its videos were talking about as opposed to still pictures, then all who viewed them, under Arizona law, are facing LIFE sentences. No if's and's or but's about it, the law is the law. The good news is once enough people are behind bars for the rest of their lives because they had some pictures of someone under the age of 18, the people who make these rediculous laws will get off their fat asses and change them. 

Guest
Guest

James King has issues with everybody. But Eric, stop commenting on your own articles, it's weird. P.S. Cold sores are herpes.

Guest
Guest

he's like a Mexican version of Vander Sloot

Guest1
Guest1

Who knows!? But, I bet he drinks beers.. fucking criminal swine.

atarian999
atarian999

Will I get mental herpes from reading this?

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