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Joseph Colorossi, 75 years old, arrested during an online operation where he solicited a female juvenile

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DATE/TIME: February 15, 2018/ 4:00 p.m.
INCIDENT: Communication with a Minor to Commit Illegal Sexual Acts
LOCATION: Undisclosed Location, Twentynine Palms
SUSPECT: Joseph Colorossi, 75-year-old resident of Indio
VICTIM(S): Unidentified juveniles

SUMMARY: In February of 2018, undercover investigators worked an operation to identify individuals who were soliciting children, online, to commit sexual acts. The investigators were contacted, through Craigslist, by Joseph Colorossi, a 75 year old resident of Indio. Colorossi believed the investigator was a 14 year old female, who lived in the city of Twentynine Palms. Colorossi sent sexual messages and explicit photos of himself to the investigator. Colorossi set up to meet the investigator, for purpose of sexual acts, at an undisclosed location in the city of Twentynine Palms.

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Colorossi arrived at the location to meet the juvenile. Detectives from the Morongo Basin Station, took Colorossi into custody, without incident. Colorossi brought a large amount of sexual items to the location. Detectives served a search warrant at his residence and discovered evidence of other sexual encounters, involving multiple female juveniles.

Colorossi was arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for a violation of Penal Code 288.3(a), Contacting a minor to commit a felony. He is being held on a bail amount of $1,000,000.

Detectives are attempting to identify and locate the additional victims in this case. Colorossi has ties to Indio, Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley, as well Puyallup, Washington. Anyone with information related to the investigations is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer: Detective Vaca or Detective Wilson
Station: Morongo Basin Station
Case #: 201800199
Phone No. (760) 366-4175

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