A Lower Paxton Township man trying to have sex with underage children is caught in an undercover sting. It began in early October with a woman who had advertised housecleaning services on Craigslist. The sting ended with the arrest of 29 year old Matthew Brian Baratucci on October 25, 2013 in the parking lot of an area mall.
The woman, who placed the Craigslist ad told police that she was hired by a client known as “Matt” in the spring of 2013. At that time the woman in addition to her cleaning business also offered massage services as well. Responding to “Matt” via text message, she arranged to go to a home in Enola where she provided a massage as well as oral sex. She received another message from “Matt” in June 2013 asking to get together again. This time she met with “Matt” in his vehicle and had sexual intercourse.
On October 9, 2013 she received a text message from a man saying that he was a friend of “Matt”. The person asked the woman if she could find him a child between the ages of 4 to 11 to have a “car date”. The woman responded that she wasn’t sure, but afterwards she contacted the police. The investigation was then turned over to the Office of Attorney General.
The woman allowed undercover agents to use her phone to contact “Matt”. In subsequent back and forth communication, the suspect made known again that he wanted to have sex with young underage girls. He also offered to pay $150 cash. The agent texted the suspect and arranged a meeting between him, a 5 year old girl and a 9 year old girl to have sex. The meeting was to take place at a local mall. The investigators had identified the suspect as Baratucci, whose home address was in Lower Paxton Township, and that he drove a black Hyundai Tucson. When Baratucci arrived at the parking lot, the undercover agent approached his vehicle and identified herself as police. Baratucci attempted to flee striking a vehicle before continuing across the parking lot. Other agents however converged on his vehicle blocking his escape.
Baratucci faces multiple felony charges including Criminal Solicitation, Rape of Child, Attempted Rape of Child and Criminal Attempt, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child. Following arraignment, Baratucci was sent to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $350,000 bail.