NJ man targeted young girls for sex, PA prosecutor says
SUMMIT — A Union County man who told police investigating him that he preferred girls between the ages of 12 and 15 to have sex with was arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met online.
Anthony C. Luciani, 46, was charged after an investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the charges came after authorities were alerted to an encounter between Luciani and the girl in her Berks County home back in 2010.
While the alleged incident is close to seven years old, Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing as authorities look for other potential victims.
Luciani was arrested last month after explicit images he thought he was sending to an underage girl actually went to an undercover officer with the Child Predator Section.
During the investigation, Luciani admitted having sex with the girl when she was 14 years old. He was charged with two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, and one count of unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, criminal use of a communication facility, and corruption of a minor.
The investigation was assisted by the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin.
"When law enforcement agencies work together, we can get more of these predators off our streets," Shapiro said.
Shapiro said Luciani is being held at the Montgomery County Prison. His bail for the sexual offense charges which were filed last month was set at $500,000. Bail on the new charges filed on Thursday was also set at $500,00.
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