Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Harrisburg man accused of posting an online advertisement for sex and then traveling to a Dauphin County location to meet who he believed was a 14-year-old girl.
According to the criminal complaint, Wilhelm Justiniano, 26, 302 Prince St., Harrisburg, Dauphin County, used the popular website Craigslist to post an advertisement, which was sexually graphic in nature, soliciting oral sex from “females of any age.” Agents, operating undercover and posing online as a 14-year-old girl, responded to the advertisement.
The charges state that Justiniano proposed meeting the girl in order to engage in sexual activities, including oral sex. Through a series of graphic text messages Justiniano allegedly told the girl he wanted to take her to his home and remove her clothing and told her to “put on a hoody so you can put over your head wen we walk in my house lol.”
Justiniano was arrested on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, when he arrived at a pre-determined meeting location in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. He was taken into custody by agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, assisted by officers from the Lower Paxton Police Department.
“It took only three hours for agents to identify, communicate with and arrest this individual, demonstrating how quickly online predators will act to prey on children,” Attorney General Kane said. “I urge parents to educate themselves about social media and Internet safety so that they can guard their children against would-be predators.”
Justiniano is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He is currently being held in the Dauphin County Prison on $150,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on April 25, 2014.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Lower Paxton Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspectors Service for their assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Dauphin County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.
Reporting Internet Predators
Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.