Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Josh Button
File # T231150086
On April 25, 2023, at 3:57 PM, a call for service was generated in 72300 Block of State Highway 111, in the City of Palm Desert by a YouTube influencer group. The group called dispatch to notify the department they would be confronting a person who worked in the area regarding sexually motivated communications with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. The group live streamed the confrontation on YouTube. The group was asked to respond to the Palm Desert Sheriff Station where they provided the communications between their group, who were posing as the 14-year-old boy, and the man who was later identified as Brandon Bourgeois. According to the group, as they live streamed the confrontation Bourgeois confessed, he thought he was communicating with a 14-year-old with the intentions of meeting the boy for sex. Palm Desert Investigations were called to the station and took over the investigation. Brandon Bourgeois, age 40 of Hemet, was booked for contacting a minor to commit a felony, and for attempted oral copulation with a person under 16 years of age.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Jose Munoz at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 836-1600.
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