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Hurst Police Say Men Lured Kids Into Porn

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HURST (CBSDFW.COM) - Police in Hurst are looking for victims after arresting a man on child pornography charges. The suspect has already confessed to abusing dozens of children, authorities said, and he did not work alone. The case has many parents concerned and even frightened for their kids.

This is also a case of forged identity. According to police, 28-year-old Randy Wesson used fake documents to enroll 17-year-old Richard Lugo into Hurst Hills Elementary School. Lugo then posed as a 12-year-old student with the goal of luring others -- between the ages of 7 and 15 -- into child pornography.

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Wesson (Left) and Lugo (Right) (Photos: Hurst PD)

Detectives believe that the two men met online. The arrest warrant said that Wesson and Lugo talked about recruiting victims from the school and telling the kids not to tell anyone about the ordeal.

Wesson's neighbors said that the suspect even had a story to convince everyone that Lugo was his son. "When I first met him, he told me a long sob story about how he found his long lost son that he never knew he had," recalled Arturo Castrellon.

The investigation began when the Dallas Police Department received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The group found an explicit image posted on Instagram from a user in the DFW area. Dallas authorities passed the information to officials in Hurst. Wesson's father has also said that he had found his son looking at child pornography.

According to the arrest affidavit, detectives discovered more than 40,000 explicit images at Wesson's home, along with fake documents including a counterfeit birth certificate. Wesson is now in federal custody while Lugo remains with the Hurst Police Department, waiting to be transferred next week.

The school said that it followed every rule when Lugo enrolled back in August. The fake student was using Wesson's last name.

Authorities are now trying to determine the full scope of this case. School officials are urging parents to have a discussion with their children, and ask if anyone had contact with Lugo. But, so far, nobody has come forward. Counselors are also on hand at the school through next week, ready to help any kids who may need assistance.

Wesson made his first appearance in federal court Friday morning, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Cureton.  He said, "yes sir" when he was asked if had read the complaint.  Wesson's next court appearance will be Tuesday at 11 am.  According to prosecutors, he could enter a plea at that time.

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