On July 14th, Rocklin Police Department Detectives arrested a male suspect for distribution for obscene material, possession or control of child pornography, sending harmful matter to a minor, stalking, sending annoying messages, and identity theft.
Steven Lawrence Elliot, 39 years, of Grass Valley was arrested by Rocklin Police at his Grass Valley home, with the assistance of the Grass Valley Police Department and SWAT team, following a lengthy investigation by detectives that began when the mother of a minor female notified Rocklin Police of inappropriate text messages being sent to the girl regarding her panties. During the case investigation, which included the service of eighteen search warrants of internet providers, cell phone companies, residences, and a work location, a case was developed that linked Elliot to perverse requests for panties of young girls via email and text messages.
Detectives determined that Elliot, posing as a teenage boy, text messaged or emailed many girls, teenage and pre-teenage, and solicited pictures of them in their underwear. He would also solicit girls for even just pictures of their panties. The outreach of Elliot’s emails and text messages could span across the nation.
Elliot may have stalked one family in Rocklin for years and obtained personal information regarding the daughters of the same family from internet websites such as MySpace or Facebook. The investigation has led to information that shows former Rocklin High School cheerleaders and others, some now 28 years of age, being contacted electronically recently about panty thefts that occurred at their residents while they were still in high school.
Elliot also created email accounts using the names of innocent victims and used internet connections in an attempt to hide his trail. The connections were made from locations from Lake of the Pines, Nevada County. Investigators are also looking into the possibility that non-secure wireless connections may have been used.
A wireless connection used in a house can travel 100 feet or more and into the surrounding community. A hacker can search for non-secure wireless connections using a laptop computer while parked down the street. Using this connection the hacker can access the world wide web using someone else’s IP address. This makes the tracing of email origins and computer usage somewhat more difficult.
Elliot may have used many email names to solicit young females for pictures of their panties or of them in their panties. The most recent of email names contained the name “MIKE,” but others such as “GABE” were also used. Rocklin Police Detectives are asking that any female who has been electronically solicited for these types of pictures to contact them.
Elliot was transported to the Placer County Jail where he is being held on $150,000 bail.