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Gates man found guilty of online child exploitation

A Gates man was sentenced to 1,027 months in prison related to an online child exploitation investigation.

On Aug. 3 John Anthony DiMolfetto, 39, was found guilty of 23 counts involving the online exploitation of children following a bench trail.

The investigation began with a report to Linn County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) in April 2020. The investigation revealed DiMolfetto created dozens of personas and used numerous social media and texting accounts to manipulate, deceive and exploit children as young as 7 years old over a span of nearly a decade.

DiMolfetto was arrested May 13, 2020, after LCSO detectives served a search warrant at his Gates residence.

Investigators believe DiMolfetto either exploited or attempted to exploit more than 300 children across the United States in the six months prior to his arrest. Some of the child victims were known by DiMolfetto and others were children he met on the internet.

Some of the charges incurred sentences that will be served concurrently. Ultimately, DiMolfetto will spend 35 years and 10 months in prison with no time reduction. DiMolfetto has been lodged at the Linn County Jail since his arrest.

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