July 24, 2014
Northampton County man arrested after traveling to meet 7-year-old "girl" for sex
HARRISBURG - Agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section have arrested a Northampton County man accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what he believed was the father of a 7-year-old girl and then traveling in order to meet the young girl for sex. The girl was actually an undercover agent, who was using the online profile of a father.
According to the criminal complaint, agents, conducting an investigation into online advertisements that solicit sex from children, responded to a post that was titled, "Pervy Dads." Agents identified Brent Galletta, 41, 560 Seip Ave. Rear, Nazareth, as the individual who posted the advertisement.
The charges state that Galletta told agents through email communications that "I love younger girls" and "I love to hangout and befriend them." Additionally, Galletta allegedly described in graphic sexual detail the sexual acts he wished to perform on the father's 7-year- old daughter when they met.
Galletta was arrested on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, when he arrived at a predetermined meeting location to meet what he believed was the father and the young girl. He is charged with: one count of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; one count of criminal solicitation, unlawful contact with a minor; one count of criminal conspiracy, unlawful contact with a minor; one count of criminal attempt, sexual abuse of children and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Galletta was held in the Lehigh County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30, 2014.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane thanked the South Whitehall Police Department, the Whitehall Police Department and the Lehigh County Detectives for their assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Lehigh County by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo 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. Anonymous tips can also be sent directly from a cell phone by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411 or through an online complaint form available by clicking here.
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 Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at email@example.com.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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