Cyber crime investigation leads to a child sex abuse arrest in Gates

Detectives say they have identified two victims and are continuing their investigation.

Posted: May 15, 2020 5:34 AM
Updated: May 15, 2020 10:43 AM

GATES, Ore. – A cyber crime investigation of online child exploitation offenses led detectives to arrest a man living in the Gates area Wednesday.

According to the Linn County sheriff, the investigation into John Anthony DiMolfetto Jr., 37, started in April.

It started after investigators from the Vancouver Police Department in Washington state contacted the Linn County Sheriff’s Office to turn over information regarding the exploitation of a minor.

According to the sheriff, DiMolfetto recently moved to Linn County from California and evidence showed DiMolfetto lured female children over the Internet to engage in sexually explicit communication. Detectives have identified two victims, an 11-year-old child in Washington state and a 13-year-old child in California.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and have evidence and reason to believe there may be additional victims.

DiMolfetto was arrested and booked into the Linn County Jail where he is facing multiple counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, and luring a minor.

Anyone with information related to the investigation should contact Detective John Trenary at 541-917-6665 or Detective Mike Rossiter at 541-917-6682.

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