A 40-year-old man who sent sexually charged messages to someone he believed was a 14-year-old boy in Palm Desert pleaded guilty today to a felony charge.
Brandon Devon Bourgeois of Hemet pleaded guilty Wednesday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio to one felony count of contacting a minor with intent to commit a crime, according to court records. His sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 27.
Bourgeois was arrested after a YouTube influencer group made a call for service shortly before 4 p.m. April 25 in the 72300 block of Highway 111, according to Sgt. Josh Button of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
“The group called dispatch to notify the department they would be confronting a man who worked in the area regarding sexually motivated communications he was having with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old boy,” Button said in a statement. “The group live-streamed the confrontation on YouTube.”
The group was then taken to the Palm Desert sheriff’s station, where they provided deputies with communications between their guise of the boy and Bourgeois, according to Button.
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