Man arrested for alleged online sexually explicit communication with a minor

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Authorities on Wednesday urged people to contact detectives if they were the victim of a Los Angeles man who was arrested for allegedly having “sexually explicit communication online with a minor.”

Joseph Gatt, 50, was arrested at his home on April 6 by detectives from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Detectives served a search warrant at Gatt’s home “after receiving information that Gatt had engaged in online sexually explicit communication with a minor across state lines,” the LAPD said in a statement. communicated.

Gatt was arrested on a warrant for “contact with a minor for a sexual offence”, police said. Details of his alleged crime were not disclosed.

The Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is made up of more than 100 federal and local affiliated agencies that detect and investigate child predators who use the Internet as a means to contact children or sell child pornography.

Anyone who may have been a victim of Gatt has been asked to call Detective Denos Amarantos at 562-624-4027. After hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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