Man accused of sex crimes used babysitting site to gain access to children


A Seattle man is facing felony charges for allegedly using online babysitting services to sexually abuse children.

Prosecutors say Antonio Brugnoli-Baskin, 23, signed up as a professional babysitter on care.com and used his work to sexually exploit children, with prosecutors saying the offenses they charge Baskin date back to February 2021.

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Casey McNerthney of the King County District Attorney’s Office said Google tipped off investigators in February 2021 when a user uploaded 95 files containing child pornography.

Investigators said they had probable reason to believe Brugnoli-Baskin was abusing children for the purpose of creating media depicting children being sexually abused for deviant sexual interests. The prosecutor’s office said he posed a threat to the community, especially children.

“This detail of how he worked as a professional babysitter for real children is certainly concerning…because someone who engages in this kind of criminal behavior, and especially someone who is around children in a role professional, is someone who we believe should clearly be kept behind bars,” McNerthney said.

Care.com tells KIRO Newsradio that all of its caregivers are required to pass background checks, but a disclaimer on the site says the company takes no responsibility for the conduct of its users.

“There are two messages we want to send to parents,” McNerthney said. “The first is that the more background checks you can have on the people caring for your children, the better off you will be. And also, we want them to be reassured that King County prosecutors are filing cases like this every week, and we have people working on these cases every day.

Investigators say Brugnoli-Baskin was arrested outside a house in Magnolia – locals told police he was their babysitter.

Brugnoli-Baskin is currently being held in King County Jail on three counts of child sex crimes. Prosecutors are asking that his bail be set at $250,000.

He will appear in King County Court on October 20 for arraignment.

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