Internet sex sting nabs 13, Including Valley Torah Graduate David Mazlin

Tony Castro writes:

Thirteen men – including five from the San Fernando Valley and one from Simi Valley – were nabbed in a sting targeting suspects who troll the Internet seeking sex with underage girls, officials said Friday.

The undercover operation mirrored the popular "To Catch a Predator" segments on NBC’s "Dateline," with undercover FBI agents and police officers portraying adolescent girls in online chat rooms.

Some of the men who made dates with the "girls" arrived at an undisclosed Valley location bearing gifts, ranging from alcohol and jewelry to teddy bears and ballet slippers, officials said.

The suspects include: Babak Habashi, 24, of Winnetka; Abraham Aleksanyan, 30, of Van Nuys; David Mazlin, 23, of Valley Village; Oscar Hernandez-Garcia, 25, of Sherman Oaks; David Avram Cohn, 49, of Woodland Hills; and Shalendra Avi Parasram, 27, of Simi Valley.

The seven other suspects were identified as John Hwang, 27, of Anaheim; Richard Joseph Buttery, 49, of La Mirada; Evan Greene, 28, of Seal Beach; Antonio Perez, 21, of Huntington Park; Kenneth Grajeda, 23, of Stanton; Eric Lozoya, 21, of Inglewood; and Kristopher P. Duke, 33, of Las Vegas.

David Mazlin has been married less than two years. He has his pictures on Here he is. David.

I’ve cropped out his wife from the pictures above.

David stands 6’4". He was the captain of the Valley Torah basketball team. He hung out with the cool kids and primarily spoke to cute girls.

He studied at Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel. It’s a black hat Chofetz Chaim-type yeshiva.

David’s parents have one of the biggest homes in Valley Village.

David posts on 8/24/05:

ok, first thank you ida for wishing me and sara a happy life togethor. secondly, when did this website become about whose the better mazlin. We should be concentrating on rikki instead on sara and elana. Im not even asking for attention. Im asking that stay focused on our goal. And on this website our goal is rikki and david. Thanx david p.s. go dodgers

David posts on 9/9/05:

hi chani, this is not a message post 4 u or any1 else to post messages on 4 rikki. U should be wishing me and her a mazel tov, since i was scrolling down and i didnt see any posts from u since we got engaged!!!! So i suggest that u stick to the posting rules, which are only posting simchas. hence the webstie name ONLYSIMCHAS. chani, i dont mean 2 get on ur case bc u know that we bonded during ur stay in la (ir hakodesh). You know im not usually a stickler 4 the rules, but just last week, my friend got kicked off 4 posting call back messages. so chani im only looking out 4 ur good. -david p.s. chani when rikki calls u, tell her to call me afterwards

David posts 12/4/05:

ok im moving to israel, so i cant type anymore. so i just wanna say i dont care who sees this, me and josh r mad pimping, im out

Josh posts 12/13/05:

Once again you bring your foolishness into our debates. I am disaapointed in the lack of your cognitive display of idiocy. If the ball bounced off your head in to my basket, it means you scored for me. If on the other hand it bounced off you and went into your basket, the points would be yours. As a college graduate, i try not to demean your status as a man, but it is too difficult. You are a hardcore ghetto fabulous woman. I will not stoop to your level of uneducation and reply to your non sensical, thickheaded remarks. I will rise ahead of your stupidy and proclaim myself victorious as always. Please save yourself the degradaion of your family’s reputation and quit with but a slice of your dignity as i will quit with a slice of cheesecake i made for you but ate it. Happy Holidays!

David posts 12/13/05:

omg, josh u just dont make any sense anymore. i mean, i know ur a college graduate………u know what it is, i just lost respect for graduates of skokie/pierce/valley college. bc if the bal bounced off my face than that means, i scored and then i get lifted onto peoples shoulders. which means im the winner and josh is still the loser. but u know what josh i dont think ur a loser, ur just in second place. i love u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and u have 2 lear that i won and u need 2 stop trying josh. ull win with our next friend maybe (if i let you) -davey p.s. mazel tov moshe lol

XNewYorker posts to my blog:

If it smells like a fish, it is usually a fish! I do not see this as Lushon Hora for those of us that live in the same community as this family. Having your children at home, including girls, gives me a right to know about who is living in our neighborhood. The version being given by the family is that the wife was doing work under David’s screen name and this “underaged girl” started to harass her. When David got home from work, the wife sent him over to the girls house to tell her to leave the wife alone. This is how and when David was supposedly caught. That is their story. As community members, we are then left with some troubling questions. First, if she was doing work under her husbands name, what was she doing in a chat room even having a conversation? Second, if as she said, the girl was harassing her, why not just leave the chat room or block her from contacting her. Third, would anyone really send their husband over to someone’s house to do this and if so, why bring a gift? According to the paper and FBI stories, this conversation was not one day in the making. This sting was a result of a two month investigation. Just from having watched Dateline, every time they confront the predators, each one says the same thing, “It was an accident,” yet Dateline always has in his hands, several explicit pages of conversations that have gone back and forth. They do not set these operations up on a whim. They also tell them to bring something to the girl to show intent. If David was going to talk to the girl about harassing his wife, why bring something with him? I am sure the FBI can and has made mistakes, but if they made a mistake about me or my loved ones, I would be jumping from the rooftops proclaiming our innocence, not allowing all the speculation to go on and on. After all, if this is a mistake, David could take them to court for all of this and end up a very rich man. And having lived in Los Angeles for the past few years I have seen first hand the examples of people who live in LA who have great lawyers and get away with murder so it is also not so farfetched to think that with the right lawyer, David could join the same long list. I am trying to bring up questions, rather than assume guilt until a trial, but again, if he were my son, husband or me, and I was innocent, I would be making sure everyone heard my story and it was a story that did not have so many holes in it that we can only come to the conclusions that many of us have. Until this is cleared up having daughters in this community is unsettling at best.

HK posts to my blog:

None of you should be judging David or his family. If you all think that it is wierd that his wife went on his screen name or that people randomly messaged him you are wrong. In the past 2 months, i’ve gotten at least 10 strangers messaging my husband saying they wanted him to come over, and wanting to meet for sexual reasons. It is very common that girls do this not even in chat rooms. this happend on facebook and aim. Girls are constantly harassing him to meet. Until this whole awful situation, i thought he was getting these messages as a joke. I completely understand why Davids wife went along with the situation. She wanted to end it. It is sooooo frustrating when other girls are messaging your husband, whether they want sex or just to chat. Dont judge other people and spread nasty rumors, put yourself in their positions. and also since you all seem so bored with your lives and have nothing better to do then bath mouth innocent people go to a jewish bookstore and pick up the book A Daily Companion by the Chofetz Chaim about loshin hara. ISBN 1578195926

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