Backroom Casting Couch Recruiter Antonio Gonzalez Faces Additional Kiddy-Porn-Related Charges
|Backroom Casting Couch recruiter Antonio "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.