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Elderly man arrested on multiple charges of sex trafficking a child in Washoe County

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A 63-year-old Sparks man has been arrested on multiple felony charges related to sex trafficking of a child.

According to the Washoe Sheriff's Office, Dale John Chibante was arrested on Dec. 15 after Chibante initiated an online conversation with an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Detectives said the ongoing conversation was sexual in nature and Chibante ultimately arranged a meeting to engage in sexual activity with who he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

He was arrested after an investigation by detectives assigned to the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit and the FBI’s Northern Nevada Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

Chibante arrived at a prearranged meeting place where he was arrested without incident and charged with the following:

  • Lewdness with a Child Under 14 - Felony
  • Lure Child w/ Computer for Sex- Felony
  • Attempted Kidnapping of a Minor - Felony
  • Attempted Statutory Sexual Seduction - Gross Misdemeanor

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives are asking for anyone with additional information to contact HEAT at 775 325-6470.

According to the sheriff's office, this case highlights the potential risks for children using the internet and here are some things as a parent or guardian to consider:

  • Does your child have their own smartphone or access to a computer?
  • Are they using social networking apps or other sites?
  • Do you know who their followers are and who they follow?
  • Have you talked to them about the responsible use of these apps?
  • Do they know how to ignore/ report unwanted contacts?

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