An investigation into a Tennessee man accused of recording raping unconscious boys showed that “there could be a decade of casualties,” a police spokesman told CNN.
Camilo Hurtado Campos, 63, is being held in Franklin, Tennessee, on charges of rape of a child and sexual exploitation of a minor. The arrest came after he left his phone at a restaurant, and employees found “dozens of unspeakable videos and images of children” on the device while trying to determine its owner, Franklin police said. said Sunday.
Police said Campos “recorded himself raping unconscious boys,” and that evidence of the rapes of at least 10 children — who appeared to be about 9 to 17 years old — was found on the phone. Investigators identified three of the recorded victims, Franklin police said.
In addition to the 10, five other people came forward to say they were victims, Franklin police said Months.
And “the people who were victims in some of the recordings that have come out are now in their 20s,” said Lt. Charles Warner on Tuesday for CNN.
“If you do the math, there could be a decade of victims that we don’t know about,” Warner said. He noted that Campos has lived in the Franklin area for about 20 years.
Additional charges are expected to be filed, police said said.
Investigators are looking into hundreds of photos and videos found on Campos’ phone, Warner told CNN.
The victims who have been identified are male, and the majority are Hispanic, according to the lieutenant.
“No doubt there are more (victims),” Warner said. “We are at the beginning of this investigation and this could be the tip of the iceberg.”
Police originally reported that Campos was a “popular soccer coach,” but Warner said the suspect’s affiliation with local soccer teams was “ambiguous” and investigators could not confirm he worked as a coach at local schools or organized soccer leagues.
Investigators believe Campos approached his victims near parks or soccer fields and told them he was a coach who wanted to recruit them. according to the police.
“We know he used the pretext of being a football coach … and that’s how he would befriend them,” Warner said.
Police plan to work closely with the victims and their families to process the “terrible chain of events” and bring closure, Warner said.
“The people who are coming forward have felt so much shame, so much horror, and I’m sure it’s very hard to remember and process something so traumatic that happened to you, whether it was yesterday or 10 years ago. years.” he said.
Campos’ bond was set at $525,000, a Williamson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The county clerk told CNN on Tuesday that an attorney has not yet been listed for Campos.
Campos is expected in court on July 25.
Warner implored families to talk to their children and contact police if they believe their child had any affiliation with Campos.
Police Say they believe Campos drugged his victims. Because of that, the children may not know they’re a victim, even if they’ve been to Campos’ home, Warner said.
“The combination of drugs that he was using … was so strong and so powerful that he undoubtedly knew what he was doing because he was able to render these children in an incredibly unconscious state,” he Warner said.
Police said some victims told them they didn’t come forward sooner because they thought it would be expensive for them to do so.
“It’s heartbreaking for us, that there’s that disconnect in the community,” Warner said.
“We’re there to serve crime victims and it doesn’t cost them anything,” Warner said. “We want people to know that our services are unlimited and without obligation, and you can come to us.”