Luzerne County Man Arrested by Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit
HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit have arrested a Luzerne County man accused of sending pornographic photos and nude webcam videos to what he believed was a 13 or 14-year old girl.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Vincent Nunzio D’Angola, 22, of 400 Berwick St., White Haven.
According to the criminal complaint D’Angola used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent who was using the online profile of a 13-year old girl - sending the “girl” several nude photos and offering to “teach” her about sex during their first online conversation.
Kelly said that during a series of additional online conversations D’Angola allegedly described in graphic detail the sex acts he wish to perform with the girl and encouraged her to meet him for sex.
D’Angola also allegedly urged the girl to keep their conversations secret, at one point noting, ”there are a lot of things u can’t tell your mom.”
In addition to nude photos, D’Angola is accused of transmitting several explicit webcam videos which show him engaging in sexual activity.
D’Angola was arrested yesterday by agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit.
D’Angola is charged with six counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene and other sexual materials and performances) and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.
D’Angola was preliminarily arraigned on April 18th before White Haven Magisterial District Judge Gerald L. Feissner and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 25th, at 8 a.m., before Magisterial District Judge Feissner.
D’Angola will be prosecuted in Luzerne County by Deputy Attorney General Christopher J. Jones of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit.
Kelly encouraged parents to stress the importance of not sharing personal information online, like full names, ages, addresses, phone numbers and school information, and added that children should always be especially cautious about strangers who approach them online.
Additionally, Kelly urged parents to regularly discuss Internet safety and security issues with their children, including the importance of telling a trusted adult if someone engages in inappropriate online activity, such as:
Sending or requesting nude photos or explicit videos.
Sharing links to pornography.
Trying to arrange face-to-face meetings.
Kelly noted that the Child Predator Unit has made 302 arrests involving online predators from throughout Pennsylvania and numerous other states.
Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General’s Office by using the “Report a Predator” link, located on the front page of the Attorney General’s website, at www.attorneygeneral.gov, or by calling the toll-free Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.