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Police: Sexual predator arrested after making death threats

Grants Pass Police said that 35-year-old Boris Deleon 'catfished' women online, in this case trying to pay a woman to have sex and then threatening her when she refused.

Posted: Oct 19, 2021 5:05 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police in Grants Pass arrested a man on Tuesday after he allegedly made death threats against a woman online when she refused to have sex with him.

On Monday, Grants Pass Police said that they received a complaint from a 21-year-old woman who said that she'd received threats from an unknown man she had met online. The victim said that the man, later identified as 35-year-old Boris Deleon, had contacted her earlier in October to "solicit her for sexual contact for a substantial amount of money."

When the woman refused Deleon, GPPD said, he started making death threats and claimed to be part of the Sinaloa cartel. He also admitted to "catfishing" people online thousands of times.

"The Grants Pass Police Department would like to remind citizens to practice sound judgment when communicating online," the agency said. “'Catfishing' is when someone poses as another person while communicating electronically. While catfishing itself is not illegal, there are circumstances when the conduct can become criminal."

The agency encouraged anyone who has been subjected to online threats to participate in sex, propositions of money for sex, or threats to publicly shame another person because of sexual activity to report those activities to police.

Anyone with further information related to the case is asked to call the Grants Pass Police non-emergency number at 541-450-6260.

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