A Kenosha man is behind bars today holding on a $25,000 cash bail. Prosecutors allege that Jose A. Miranda, 24, of Kenosha sexually exploited one or more under-age employees of the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie. Miranda is a janitor and was described as “creepy” and would “lurk” at underage boys who worked with him. According to Pleasant Prairie Police and prosecutors, Miranda created a fake Snap Chat account of a woman to “catfish” boys. He then sent at least one boy naked photos of at least one woman and asked the boy to send him photos back. Unfortunately for the boy, he believe he was talking to a girl on the popular social media app and sent nude photos back. Eventually, the boy learned the Snap Chat account of the girl was fake, as he noticed he was being sent nude photos of at least two different women. Miranda, according to the criminal complaint, then got upset that the boy blocked him on Snap Chat. Miranda then posted naked photos of the boy around the Rec Plex. He also stole three pairs of the boys underwear, and later put them in a common area for the lifeguards to find. Miranda also allegedly started a large “sharing” of the boy’s confidential personal information on Snap Chat.
At one point Miranda asked the underage boy to have sex with him in the family locker room and placed condoms and lube in the room. The boy suspected that Jose Miranda was in fact the fake woman on Snap Chat. The boy told investigators that Miranda was very awkward, buying him food and gifts. Other employees reported similar behavior from Miranda.
Miranda told one employee he was bi-sexual and had “crushes” on other under-age boys at the facility. Another employee said the Miranda was “quick to escalate friendships,” “awkward” and had told him “I’m into you.”
Pleasant Prairie investigators learned that the Snap Chat allegedly created by Miranda was modeled after a real person that Miranda knows. The real woman was upset that this could harm her reputation. Investigators got a warrant for the Snap Chat account and learned that the account was accessed by Miranda’s home internet 1,600 times and further evidence that Miranda was behind the fake account came from Miranda’s phone records.
Kenosha County Assistant DA Alexander Huber today asked the court to order a high cash bond based on the seriousness of the accusations.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren “Larry” Keating agreed with the “serious allegations” and ordered Miranda to be held on a $25,000 cash bond. He is also not allowed to use the internet or have unsupervised contact with minors.
If convicted of all charges, Miranda faces a minimum of 8 years and a maximum of 76 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System.
Jose A. Miranda was charged today with:
Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Felony) (Minimum 5 Years, Maximum 40 Years)
Possession of Child Pornography (Felony) (Minimum 3 Years, Maximum 25 Years)
Stalking (Felony) (Maximum 3.5 Years)
Solicitation of Sexual Intercourse With a Child (Misdemeanor) (Maximum .75 Years)
Unauthorized Use of an Individuals Personal
Identifying Information or Documents (Felony) (Maximum 6 Years)
Criminal Defamation (Misdemeanor) (Maximum .75 Years)
Miranda is due back in court on December 14th, for a preliminary evaluation.