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March 15, 2007

Deaf Man Arrested For Internet Luring Of Child

From:, CO - Mar 15, 2007

(CBS4) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. A Colorado Springs man was arrested Monday after allegedly trying to meet with what he believed to be an underage female who he met on the internet.

Carmen Mascitelli III, 25, was arrested by the High Tech Crime Unit and transported to the Douglas County Detentions Facility where he was booked on three felony charges including internet luring of a child.

Police said Mascitelli, who is deaf, started the on line conversation on March 2, with what he believed to be an underage female. He began his conversation with the female by offering to teach her sign language. The conversation quickly deteriorated into Mascitelli asking for the female to take and send naked pictures of herself. He also asked if she would be willing to have sex with him.

On March 9, he drove from Colorado Springs to Parker to meet the underage female but instead was arrested by Douglas County deputies.

"I am very impressed by these hard working investigators, who concentrate their efforts on catching the criminals who prey on the children of our community," Sheriff David Weaver said. "This arrest is just another example of their persistence paying off."

The case has been turned over the District Attorney's Office for review and official filings of charges.

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