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Second suspected child predator arrested following 7 Eyewitness News story

Posted at 2:21 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 18:30:06-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A second suspected child predator has been arrested and charged after appearing on a Buffalo YouTube channel.

Police say 65-year-old Mark Jacobell tried to meet a person who he believed was a 15-year-old male at a location on Delaware and Hertel Avenue back in November. Prosecutors say Jacobell tried to meet a teen using a social media app on November 15.

On October, 7 Eyewitness News brought you the story of Nick Simmons, a Buffalo man on a mission to catch alleged child sex predators and expose them on YouTube.

Simmons' work, through our coverage, was brought to the attention of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. Flynn tells 7 Eyewitness News reporter Hannah Buehler he started investigating the alleged child sex predators captured on cell phone video by Simmons.

On Friday, police arrested and charged Erick Guigui for attempting to meet a person he thought was a 15-year-old boy at a location on Delaware and Kenmore Avenue. Police say prior to the meeting on November 29, Guigui asked the juvenile victim to send him sexually explicit photos.

Both Guigui and Jacobell are charged with One count of Attempted Criminal Sexual Act and one count of Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Guigui was additionally charged with One count of Attempted Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance and one count Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors.

Jacobell faces up to one year in prison if convicted-- while Guigui faces a maximum of seven years in prison.