Police: Oneida man busted in undercover sexting sting

By WKTV News

ONEIDA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A month-long undercover investigation has led to the arrest of an Oneida man.

Utica Police have arrested William VanPatten Jr., 48, and have charged him with attempted disseminating indecent material to a minor which is a 1st degree- felony.

In the investigation, it was learned that VanPatten sent sexually explicit text messages as well as pictures of his genitalia to a person he believed was a 14 year old girl.

On December 31st, VanPatten arranged to meet the girl for the purposes of engaging in sexual acts and was arrested by officers.

The Utica Police Department was assisted in the arrest of VanPatten by the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center and the Oneida City Police Department.

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