FBI seeks information on Alaska man arrested, indicted on federal child porn charges
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An Alaska man is facing multiple federal charges relating to distributing and producing child pornography after sending explicit messages to an undercover FBI officer where he described paying teenage girls for sex.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court last week, 31-year-old Alex Requina Asino is a known offender who was arrested in 2018 for sexual abuse of a minor. However, the FBI was unaware of his identity and criminal history for the better part of its investigation.
Asino's criminal history
In September 2018, Asino was arrested by the Anchorage Police Department for exchanging narcotics for sex with a 15-year-old girl, referred to as VICTIM 1 in the complaint.
According to the complaint, APD learned of Asino's relationship with VICTIM 1 after responding to a report of a suicidal teenager.
During the investigation, APD discovered Asino met VICTIM 1 through social media apps Snapchat and Whisper. In an interview with police, he admitted to exchanging narcotics for sex with VICTIM 1, but said he believed she was 16. He told detectives VICTIM 1 "came to me...I never forced her...she never said no to me — it's all on her."
Asino is charged in that case with two counts of first-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of possession of child pornography and first-degree sexual assault — penetration without consent.
"Over the objections of the state prosecutor, [former State District Court Judge Doug Kossler] presiding over [Asino's] arraignment set bail at $10,000 unsecured bond, $1,000 cash performance bond, and supervision through electronic monitoring by the pre-trial enforcement division of the Alaska Department of Corrections," the complaint reads. "He was assessed by the pre-trial enforcement division at a level 1, very low risk of reoffending, which carries with it a presumption of release on his own recognizance."
A new investigation
On Nov. 7, 2019, an APD detective who is also an officer with the FBI's human trafficking and child exploitation task force was informed about a man — later identified as Asino — who was texting someone about a sexual relationship he had with a teenager.
Asino told the person that he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, identified as VICTIM 2 in the complaint, sometime three summers ago. Asino said he also met VICTIM 2 through social media site Tagged.com and though she was 15 when they met, he believed she was turning 18 this year.
Asino sent the person non-pornographic pictures of VICTIM 2 and then a link to a porn website where he posted her naked pictures.
The person Asino was texting reported the conversations to police. Under the direction of the FBI, the person gave Asino another number which the FBI officer used to go undercover.
At the time the FBI officer began texting Asino, the FBI didn't know who he was or that he was on release for the pending 2018 charges.
The FBI officer continued texting Asino, who revealed more about his relationship with VICTIM 2.
Asino told the undercover officer that he would meet VICTIM 2 at a park near her house. He said he would pay for oral sex with VICTIM 2 with gifts, rides, money and food.
Asino admitted to videotaping VICTIM 2 without her consent and sent the officer a link to his private account on a porn website, where he posted explicit images of her.
According to the complaint, Asino said that he still talked with VICTIM 2. He then sent the officer images of another minor he met through social media, identified as VICTIM 3, who he said was 17.
"He boasted that he had sex with VICTIM 3 in June 2019, on the hottest day of the year," the complaint reads. "[... Asino] stated when they were done having sex he paid the female $70 and she left his house in a cab, which he also paid for."
At one point in their conversation, the undercover FBI officer asked Asino about the youngest girl he had sex with. That's when Asino started talking about his arrest after his relationship with VICTIM 1.
According to the complaint, the FBI was still unaware of Asino's identity and details of his criminal history.
Asino told the officer what he was arrested and said he was wearing an ankle monitor while police continued their investigation. He said he never provided VICTIM 1 with drugs.
"Referring to his pending case, [Asino] agreed that arrest and prosecution was the price to be possibly be paid when having sex with minors," the complaint reads. "[Asino] also stated that he now only had sex with minor black females as he believed they would not talk to the police."
Asino then sent pictures of two other girls he claimed to be having sex with.
"[Asino] advised [the undercover officer] that he needed to be careful as there were many men getting in trouble for having sex with underage girls," the complaint reads. "[Asino] volunteered that his charges were being dropped and how he believed he would only be convicted of two misdemeanor sex abuse and [child pornography] charges."
According to the complaint, Asino went on to say the undercover officer was the only one he told about his relationship with VICTIM 1. He said he lost his job over the investigation and police had impounded the car he had sex with her in.
On Nov. 8, 2019, the undercover FBI officer asked Asino how he could could get in contact with VICTIM 2.
Asino sent him information about her social media accounts as well as an advertisement on Skip the Games that showed sexual images of her with her cell phone number, though it was not clearly visible.
According to the complaint, Asino said he last had sex with VICTIM 2 in 2018. He said he created an account for her on a website that advertised sex because "she didn't know how to do it and she was pestering him for customers."
The undercover FBI officer attempted to get in contact with VICTIM 2 through the social media app KIK, but she didn't respond. Asino, however, was in contact with her and said she would get back to the undercover officer later.
Asino told the officer he should record the sex he had with VICTIM 2 and send it to him afterwards.
On Nov. 9, 2019, Asino asked the undercover officer if he was able to get in touch with VICTIM 2. When he said he hadn't, Asino sent him more of her social media information. Asino said he didn't have her current number.
On Nov. 10, 2019, Asino sent the undercover officer more information about VICTIM 2, including a social media profile that had her first name. According to the complaint, this was the first time law enforcement became aware of anything about VICTIM 2's identity.
On Nov. 11, 2019, Asino told the undercover officer that VICTIM 2 had the officer's number and said she would reach out if she was in the mood.
"[Asino] and [the undercover officer] spoke about setting up a hotel date with VICTIM 2 and [the undercover officer] secretly recording the sex he had with her, using hidden cameras," the complaint reads. "It was in this conversation [Asino] directed [the undercover officer] to provide him with the sex videos so [Asino] could later masturbate to it."
Plans to evade police
At one point in their conversation, Asino told the undercover officer the video he took of VICTIM 2 giving him oral sex was on a phone that was already in the hands of law enforcement.
Asino said APD seized the phone during the investigation into his relationship with VICTIM 1. He said videos were hidden in secret folders and explained police didn't know about his relationship with VICTIM 2 at the time of his arrest, so they didn't know to question him about her.
According to the complaint, Asino said he was now using another phone and started talking about the sex he had with adult sex workers he solicited online.
During another conversation, Asino sent the officer a screenshot of a website where he said the officer could meet young girls.
"The screen shot contained profiles of women claiming to be 18-20 yrs-old who were seeking men who will pay them for dates," the complaint reads. "[Asino] asked that [the undercover officer] video record any sex he had with girls he met on that site."
Asino told the officer that when his case with VICTIM 1 was over, he planned on getting a burner phone and set up anonymous accounts on free websites — away from his home — so that law enforcement couldn't track or ping his location. He said he wanted "to separate his personal sex life phone from his work and personal phone."
Asino also told the officer he was staying away from the social media app he was caught on the first time and warned the officer about the hazards of talking to law enforcement posing as prostitutes.
On Nov. 12, 2019, the FBI was able to positively identify VICTIM 2 for the first time. It was discovered that VICTIM 2 had been a victim of sexual abuse by a family member, who had paid her for sex.
Around the same time, the FBI identified Asino as the man who the officer was talking to after confirming his 2018 arrest and charges. The federal criminal complaint was filed Nov. 14 and Asino appeared in court on Monday, Nov. 18.
Asino was indicted on multiple charges including sex trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a minor.
Authorities ask those with information on Asino to contact the Anchorage FBI at 907-276-4441.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, resources are available on the Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) website or by calling the statewide crisis hotline at (800) 478-8999.
Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Judge Leslie Dickson as the judge who set Asino's bail. This was actually former Judge Doug Kossler.
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