In possibly the first such case involving an Indian in the US, police in Pennsylvania has arrested an Indian engineer on charges of using Internet for soliciting young girls for sex.
In a statement, the Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said Nityanand Gopalika, 30, here on a work visa, allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach what he believed was a 13-year old girl from the Pittsburgh area.
The "girl" was actually an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit, Gopalika engaged in a series of chats over several days questioning the girl about her sexual experience and describing the sex acts he wished to engage in.
Gopalika is also accused of sending the girl two web cam videos that showed him nude or masturbating in front of his computer. Gopalika was arrested on July 1 when he arrived at a predetermined meeting location.
Following a search of his vehicle, agents seized two laptop computers, a digital camera, a cell phone allegedly containing a partially completed text message to the "child," directions to the meeting location and a bag of condoms.
Gopalika was preliminarily arraigned on July 1 and lodged in the Butler County Jail in lieu of USD 15,000 cash bail, pending a preliminary hearing on July 24th.He is charged with one count of attempted unlawful contact with a minor (related to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), a first-degree felony which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a USD 25,000 fine.
Additionally, Gopalika is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene performances), along with one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and USD 15,000 fines.