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Man faces Internet charge

October 01, 2007

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 32-year-old Greencastle-area man has been charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office in connection with an undercover operation in Internet chat rooms.

Daniel Diaz, of 3300 Waynecastle Road, has been charged with one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a computer, Attorney General Tom Corbett said in a news release.

Both are third-degree felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine, according to the news release.

Pennsylvania State Police and Attorney General Child Predator agents arrested Diaz on Friday in his home.

The news release said that Diaz contacted an undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 1 in a chat room for teenagers.

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Diaz allegedly asked the girl to engage in a private online conversation and suggested sending her nude images, according to the criminal charges.

He also said he wanted to meet her for sex and sent a video of himself engaging in sexual activity, the news release stated.

Corbett said the Child Predator Unit has arrested 96 people from Pennsylvania and other states since its inception.

Diaz's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Franklin County Court.

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