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Man charged with sex crimes at Carnegie Science Center

A man from Allegheny County who was convicted of sex crimes involving a six-year-old boy on cruise line was arrested today at the Carnegie Science Center after he offered a child candy and then lied to a worker and police officers about the occurrence when he was confronted. Police arrested the 76-year-old Findlay man and charged him giving a fake name, corruption of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, and theft of services, according to a federal document filed by the man’s probation officer. According to the probation officer, the charges concur with the offender violating parole by offering candy to a child at the Carnegie Science Center. When approached, the man told staff members that he was the child’s grandpa. When police arrived, the man gave an alias. The man in question, originally from Beaver County, was also found to have failed in updating his status with the PA State Police’s Megan’s Law crime unit; he has also failed to attend court-appointed sex offender’s treatment sessions. A United States District Judge issued a federal arrest warrant for the man and then ordered him to be held in jail without bail. In 2011, the man pleaded guilty to going on a cruise that departed from Florida in December of 2009 so that he could take advantage of and have sexual encounters with young boys. Prosecutors say that while on the cruise, the man fondled a 6-year-old boy in a hot tub. At the time of his sentencing, the man asked for leniency because of his age. He received the maximum sentence allowed in respects to his federal plea deal. In addition to time already served, the man was released this past December and would begin fifteen years of probation, in addition to other terms for sex crimes violators. Source: TribLive.com, “Molester accused of offering candy to child at Carnegie Science Center” 4 February 2015

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