VANDERGRIFT, Pa. - A 27-year-old Vandergrift man is facing several charges after police said he admitted to exchanging sexually oriented text messages with a 14-year-old boy before eventually having sex with him.
Authorities said Todd James Fusillo is facing charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and others.
According to police, the 14-year-old’s parents told police last fall about a text message they saw on their son’s phone from Fusillo that asked to boy to send a picture of his genitals for $50.
Police said another text message on the boy’s phone from Fusillo offered him $100 to stay overnight at his house.
Detectives filed a search warrant with Verizon and got copies of the messages, according to the police affidavit.
Investigators said Fusillo then confessed to police on March 12 after being asked to talk with them about the allegations.
In the affidavit, Fusillo told investigators that he and the boy touched each other sexually and had sex on several occasions between September and October when the boy stayed overnight at Fusillo’s residence.
Police said Fusillo is also charged with solicitation, attempting to get a sexual photograph of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a cellphone and corruption of a minor.
He was arraigned Thursday and sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond, which he later posted.
He was released and faces a preliminary hearing April 2.
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at The Valley News Dispatch contributed to this report.