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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California man is accused of posing as a young girl on social media and persuading more than 80 children to make pornographic videos, authorities said Tuesday.

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Demetrius Carl Davis, 24, was arrested and charged on suspicion of committing a lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office online booking website.

The sheriff’s office said Davis used the nickname “Lizzy” to lure children and groom them, KCRA-TV reported.

“After establishing a relationship with the child, Davis would direct them to produce child pornography, depicting themselves engaging in sexual acts with their siblings and other children known to them,” sheriff’s spokesperson Rodney Grassmann said in a video release.

According to the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, the agency said it received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the online account.

The sheriff’s office said it executed a search warrant at Davis’ home on Dec. 1, 2021, KTXL-TV reported. Authorities said they found “numerous” recordings on Davis’ devices of children engaging in sexual acts, according to the television station.

The victims were typically between the ages of 6 and 13, Grassman said.

According to a list the sheriff’s office sent to KTXL, the victims in the U.S. were from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Grassmann said authorities believe there are at least 15 international cases of Davis communicating with children, KCRA reported.

“Now, for the most difficult part of this conversation,” Grassmann said in the video release. “While many victims have been identified thus far, it’s believed Davis communicated with well over 100 children between late 2020 and December 2021.”

Davis is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, online records show.