August 19, 2014
Harrisburg man arrested after traveling to meet 15-year-old "boy"
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that an undercover operation led to the arrest of a Dauphin County man accused of attempting to meet an underage "boy" responding to the man's online ad, who was actually an undercover agent in the Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
According to the criminal complaint, agents, conducting an investigation into online advertisements that solicit sex from children, responded to an ad allegedly posted by Robert Viti, 68, 1608 Penn St., Harrisburg.
Viti allegedly sent explicit text messages describing the graphic sexual acts that he wished to perform with the underage "boy." In addition to the text messages, Viti allegedly sent a picture of himself and his exposed genitals.
Viti was arrested when he arrived at a predetermined location in Dauphin County to meet the minor, who, according to the criminal complaint, Viti planned to take back to his home.
The defendant is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Viti was arraigned overnight and held at Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post $125,000 bail.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Lower Paxton Police Department for its assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Dauphin County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones 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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