Dozens of Santa Clarita women accuse man of online sexual assault

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Dozens of women came forward in Santa Clarita and called for justice in an alleged case of online sexual harassment. (KABC)

Dozens of women came forward in Santa Clarita on Tuesday to call for justice after they said the same man is to blame for sending inappropriate messages, videos, and photos through Facebook.

Mia Francovich said she's one of those victims.

"When I went on the page and saw how many victims there were, I spoke up and started posting my screenshots of what he had done to me," she said.

Francovich said that after rejecting the man, he ridiculed her for her arm deformity and asked "what the hell's wrong with your arm?" The messages, she said, persisted.

"And then he just started with the sexual harassment and using my arm to make fun of me with it," she added.

The online blogger, who wants to help other women overcome self-esteem problems, learned she wasn't alone when another woman shared her story on a Santa Clarita Facebook group. The woman said a stranger sexually harassed her by sending unsolicited nude photos and inappropriate videos.

Some women ABC7 spoke with over the phone said the disturbing messages have gone on for years, and some of them even said they reached out to law enforcement.

"We really just want to see justice. We're tired of guys acting this way, and you know, it's not just one guy incident -- he has multiple victims," Francovich said.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station posted a message on Facebook, saying they're aware that a man has been accused of sending inappropriate pictures via social media.

They asked any other victims in the Santa Clarita Valley to contact the sheriff's station.

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