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Man jailed for trying to arrange sex with children

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Matthew Baratucci Matthew Baratucci
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly offering money to women in exchange for sexual encounters with children.

Matthew Baratucci, 29, also faces state charges for the alleged incidents that were reported last month.

According to the criminal complaint, Baratucci contacted women who had posted online advertisements for massages and cleaning services and offered them money if they could arrange for him to have sexual contact with children.

Baratucci asked one woman if she could obtain a child between the ages of 4 and 11 for a "car date," and he offered to pay another woman if she took babysitting jobs and allowed him have sex with the children, the complaint states.

After the women went to authorities, Baratucci also exchanged text messages and phone calls with undercover law enforcement and expressed his interest in having sex with girls between seven and 13 years old, the complaint states.

He was arrested Oct. 25 when he arrived at a meeting place arranged by investigators; believing one of the women had arranged for him to have sex with a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl in exchange for $150, according to the complaint.

The federal indictment charges Baratucci with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, which carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum life sentence.

The 13 state charges, which include 12 first-degree felony counts, landed him in Dauphin County Prison on $350,000 cash bail with a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 27.

 

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