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Parks man faces charges for sexual abuse of girl, 10

| Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001

PARKS: A township man has been charged with five counts after an investigation by police into the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl.

Gregory A. Lattanzi Sr., 48, of Grant Street, is charged with criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual abuse of a child, indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors.

Township police said the incidents occurred between October and Feb. 19 in his home. The victim told Children and Youth Services case workers that Lattanzi exposed and touched himself and took off the girl's clothing.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the girl said Lattanzi said he would 'make her feel like the woman who was on television' at the time of the incident.

The woman on that videotape was depicting oral sex. The girl told police that she knew the woman. The victim also said that she had been shown graphic videotapes on several occasions. The woman was not identified in police reports.

The victim told police that Lattanzi threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

Police also seized more than 25 items from the house. Those items included videotapes, a security camera, a VCR, pornographic magazines and a sex toy.

Lattanzi was taken to the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or property bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday before District Justice Michael Gerheim.

Leslie Suhr can be reached at lsuhr@tribweb.com

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