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Cellphone picture leads to arrest in sex solicitation of teen

Posted March 13, 2014
Updated March 31, 2014

— Raleigh police arrested a Wake Forest man Thursday night in connection with a case where a teenager took a picture of a man who allegedly solicited sex from him.

Gennaro Salvatore Anastasio, 69, of 1117 Front Gate Lane, was charged with one count of indecent liberties with a minor.

The 13-year-old boy, who just got off a school bus, was walking home on the 900 block of Wake Towne Drive on Feb. 21 when a man drove up to him and asked for sex.

The boy refused the request, investigators said, and the man drove away in a tan or silver sedan.

But not before the teen used his cellphone to take a picture of him.

Thursday's arrest came two days after investigators released the picture to the public.

Anastasio was released on a $50,000 bond and he has a court appearance Friday morning.


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  • Obamacare rises again Mar 14, 2014

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    As a judge, I would move to clear him of all charges if he is suffering from dementia. It can be a horrible disease.

  • simplelogic Mar 14, 2014

    This is an elderly man. He could be suffering from some sort of dementia. One thing that dementia does is disable the censor in the brain - hence the "dirty old man" stereotype. Don't be so quick to judge before all the facts are known.

  • jwbmom1965 Mar 14, 2014

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    Makes you wonder though how many more has he approached and if he actually has gone thru with it.

  • uBnice Mar 14, 2014

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    Then you must also wonder why priests who have been found to be guilty do not go to jail.

    Justice is not blind.

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 14, 2014

    Shouldn't the charge be "attempted indecent liberties with a minor"? The guy never touched the kid- thankfully. I'm all for getting people out of society that prey on children- but let's call a charge what it is- he didn't actually DO anything other than make an ill thought out advance which thankfully was rebuffed by a quick thinking kid- if the whole story is true as reported.

  • cruisechik Mar 14, 2014

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    Agreed. But, I for one, am tired of the "guilty" and "hang 'em high" responses when someone is arrested. I think it is reprehensible that you can be arrested, your face splashed all over the news, permanent internet record, permanent police record, etc on the word of a person with what seems to be little investigation.

    Why not post the picture publicly and ask for help in identifying this man? Why accuse him publicly of soliciting sex? Isn't there another way to investigate alleged crimes without giving certain details that may harm an innocent person's future?

    I don't like how the system operates in respect to arrests. I don't like how people are convicted in the media. It harms cases. It prejudices the public.

    I, too, find it odd that the man was there long enough for a picture to be taken. He had to know it was being taken. Or, he is just vastly ignorant to current technology.

  • baldchip Mar 14, 2014

    Good job young man-way to catch the man in the act of soliciting!!

  • lasm Mar 14, 2014

    So much pre-judging on the child/teenager and the man! Why are we making up "what ifs"? This is not TV or movies-this is a real case. A case that will be investigated by trained personnel. A decision will be made by authorities and the court will deal with it. We have a democracy that, hopefully, will come to the truth. Our "what ifs" will not count; and I for one will not put outlandish ideas into the heads of people who could possibly sit on a jury or into heads of people who will judge on their own and could possibly hold prejudices against innocent people.

  • Kimberly Daniel Mar 14, 2014
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    Most kids I know walk around with the phone in their hands. Many with the screen on and their face buried in it to the point they run into stuff. it's a lot quicker to just switch to the camera app when it's already out, screen on,unlocked. Plus, the guy doesn't want to peel out and call attention to himself, so a normal speed drive away would make more sense from his perspective.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 14, 2014

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    As it should be. The statistics simply don't lie.