June 3, 2014
Virginia man arrested after traveling to Allegheny County to meet 14-year-old girl for sex
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Virginia man, who traveled to East Deer Township in Allegheny County to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.
On June 2, 2014 agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section received information that a minor child had been chatting with Joshua Munoz, 23, 2297 Archdale Road, Reston, Virginia, through a teen-chat website.
According to the criminal complaint, Munoz and the child met online on May 31, 2014, and began private messaging each other and exchanging text messages, which included conversations about discussing meeting each other for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, including anal intercourse.
Undercover agents assumed the child's identity on Monday, June 2, 2014, and contacted Munoz to arrange a meeting for later the same day. Munoz was taken into custody when he arrived at a prearranged meeting location in Pittsburgh. He is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal attempt, one count of criminal attempt indecent assault and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Munoz is currently in the Allegheny County Prison awaiting a preliminary arraignment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Carolyn Bengel for 1 p.m., June 11, 2014.
Attorney General Kane thanked the East Deer Township Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
Reporting Internet Predators
Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Internet safety tips are available on the "Operation Safe Surf" section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Office of Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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