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Online child predator arrested for seeking sex with 12-year-old, police say

NRI Pulse Staff Report

Atlanta, GA, August 22, 2019: An Indian-origin online child predator was arrested for allegedly wanting to have sex with a 12-year-old, police said.

The man, identified as Keval Patel, 28, was arrested by the Bensalem township police with the assistance of FBI on Wednesday, August 21

According to police, the investigation started in January of 2019 when undercover Bensalem detectives and FBI agents began targeting on-line child predators through popular social media apps.  Undercover officers made contact with a suspected predator on the social media app KIK.

Through the social media app, Patel communicated to an uncover officer that he wanted to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, police said

Patel allegedly requested photographs of the 12 year old female and also sent the undercover officer a nude photograph of himself.

The investigation also revealed that Patel had engaged other underage females, asked them for nude photographs and instructed them to perform sexual acts, a police press release said.

Patel was arrested and charged with Sexual Abuse of Children, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Dissemination (of Sexual Material) to Minors and Corruption of Minors.  He was arraigned by District Justice Falcone and released upon posting 10% of $400,000 bail.

“Bensalem Police and the FBI use this proactive approach to identify, arrest and prosecute criminals like Patel before they get a chance to harm a child,” the release said. 

“Bensalem Police continue to urge parents to check their children’s cellular devices on a regular basis,” the release added.

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