Vandergrift man, 27, charged with molesting boy, 14
A Vandergrift man exchanged sexually oriented text messages with a 14-year-old youth before having sex with the boy, Vandergrift police allege.Todd James Fusillo, 27, of the 700 block of Longfellow Street Extended, is accused of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and other charges.
In an affidavit, an officer said the 14-year-old's parents told police last fall about a text message allegedly from Fusillo that asked the boy to send a photo of his genitals for $50. The police papers also allege another message offered the boy $100 if he would stay over night in Fusillo's house.
Police filed a search warrant with Verizon and got copies of the messages.According to the affidavit, Fusillo confessed to police on March 12 after being asked to talk with them about the allegations.
In the affidavit, Fusillo said he and the boy touched each other sexually and had sex on several occasions between September and October when the boy stayed overnight at Fusillo's residence.
Fusillo is also charged with solicitation, attempting to get a sexual photograph of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a cellphone and corruption of a minor.
He was arraigned Thursday night and sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond, which he later posted.
He was released pending a preliminary hearing April 2 before District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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