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Gates man arrested for multiple sex crimes including child pornography charges
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Gates man arrested for multiple sex crimes including child pornography charges

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A Gates man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of multiple sex crimes, including the creation of child pornography.

According to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, John Anthony DiMolfetto Jr., 37, used social media and text messaging applications to engage in sexually explicit communication with girls and solicit images of them.

DiMolfetto was charged in Linn County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon with three counts of luring a minor, four counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and six counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

The charging document lists three separate victims in the case.

DiMolfetto's initial bail at the Linn County Jail was listed at $106,000. His court-ordered bail wasn't immediately available after his hearing on Thursday afternoon. 

The next court hearing in the case was scheduled for May 26.

The LCSO news release indicates one of the victims is an adolescent female from California and another is an adolescent female living in Washington.

Investigation into the case began in April when the Vancouver Police Department in Washington contacted LCSO regarding the exploitation of a minor, the news release states.

Detectives determined that DiMolfetto, who recently moved to Oregon from California, was not aided by another person in the commission of the crimes, according to the news release.

Authorities also think that DiMolfetto victimized additional children online over the past several months and are actively pursuing those leads, the news release states.

LCSO is continuing to work with the Vancouver Police Department, the Bakersfield Police Department in California and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Those with information about the investigation should contact Detective John Trenary at 541-917-6665 or Detective Mike Rossiter at 541-917-6682.

Kyle Odegard can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or kyle.odegard@lee.net.

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