Recently released legal documents show that a prominent transgender activist in New York City has been arrested and charged for allegedly soliciting a minor.
A criminal complaint obtained by Fox News revealed that trans and HIV activist Lailani Muniz was arrested last month in the Bronx after messaging an individual whom Muniz thought was a 14-year-old boy named Josh on Grindr, a dating app oriented towards LGBT individuals.
However, “Josh” was actually a man working for NY Creeps Spotlight, a nonprofit organization which exposes child predators or attempted child predators. The man asked Fox News Digital to only be identified as FM.
Thirty-nine-year-old Muniz began messaging with FM in March and was not only aware of, but also acknowledged, the supposed teenager’s young age before soliciting oral sex, according to the criminal complaint. The criminal complaint states that “Josh” identified as a girl, but FM said he was posing as a teenaged boy.
“I’m about to shower brb. Np. What u looking for and into. Are u cutting school and looking for company lol. Are u into guys and trans girls? Any xxx pixs,” Muniz responded when asked if Muniz cared if he was only 14 years old, according to the criminal complaint.
“I can’t front, I am nervous,” Muniz wrote in another message to “Josh,” according to screenshots posted to the Creeps Spotlight Facebook page. “I watch too much TV [because] I know you’re young, it reminds me of that show To Catch a Predator where they set people up attracted to minors.”
Muniz ultimately arranged to meet up with “Josh,” but FM was there to meet Muniz instead, documented in a video posted to the nonprofit’s YouTube account last week.
“So what are you doing, meeting up with a minor?” FM asked Muniz in the video.
When FM confronted Muniz about “Josh’s” age, Muniz claimed, “I asked him and he actually confirmed, and I told him, ‘We’re not doing that’ and he said, ‘OK.’”
“Dude, I’ve got the chat logs. You’ve been talking to me the whole time,” FM replied.
Police arrested Muniz on Oct. 20, which can be seen in the nearly 20-minute video. The criminal complaint states Muniz told arresting officers: “We did have a conversation before. It got sexual, it got racy, then we stopped talking for a while. We started talking again and I agreed to go and meet him. He told me to bring condoms.”
Muniz currently faces five charges, which include attempted forcible touching, attempted endangering the welfare of a child and attempted sexual misconduct, among others. Muniz is expected to make a court appearance on Dec. 2, according to the district attorney’s Office.
Muniz is a vocal transgender and HIV activist in New York and was previously honored earlier this year during a pride flag raising ceremony at Bronx Borough Hall to kick off Pride Month.
Muniz, the CEO of the New York Transgender Bodybuilding Federation, could not be contacted for comment through the group’s channels.
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