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Seal Beach Police Department arrests man for arranging to meet minor for sexual purpose

A man was arrested after allegedly engaging in online sexual communication with a minor and arranging to meet the minor for sexual purposes. In early September 2021, the Seal Beach Police Department received information about an adult male who engaged in sexually explicit online communications with a person believed to be a 14-year-old child. The man also arranged to meet with the minor at a local shopping mall the same day.

Armando Poeta. Photo courtesy of Seal Beach Police Department.
Armando Poeta. Photo courtesy of Seal Beach Police Department.

As a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce, Seal Beach Police Department Detectives and the Police Civilian Investigator, quickly began an investigation and worked to identify and locate the suspect. The suspect was identified as Armando Poeta, age 46, of Torrance, California. A search warrant was served on the suspect’s residence.

On September 25, 2021, Poeta was arrested by Seal Beach Police Department for one misdemeanor count of California Penal Code Section 288.3 – Online Sexual Communications with a Minor and one felony count of California Penal Code Section 288.4 – Arranging to Meet a Minor for Sexual Purposes. He was later booked at the Orange County Jail.

Based on Poeta’s dual citizenship and extensive travel history throughout the United States and abroad, investigators believe there may be more victims, both reported and unreported. This investigation is ongoing; therefore, anyone with additional information or who believes they may be a victim should contact Detective Balderrama at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1109 or [email protected].

This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.

2 Comments

  1. If this man is guilty, which considering the circumstances it’s going to be extremely difficult to see it any other way. Considering how this even happened was due to him, the man who’s charged, was interacting online with a young child, but got busted because it was THANKFULLY a decoy and BAM BUSTED. Considering he’s not from this country or has duel citizenship they need to revoke his American citizenship. This is an ongoing problem with ppl coming here from other countries don’t such deplorable things with innocent children. So AGAIN if found guilty he needs to be sent back and not allowed back into this country. We have enough of our own issues with American citizens doing disgusting things we do not need to add to the never ending list of suspects with ppl from other countries adding to this problem we’ve been dealing with for who knows how long.. we need to start actually being tough on ppl especially ppl we allow into this country.. shame on anyone who does these things it’s utterly disgusting. It seems this case is going to prove another person guilty but only time will tell. He’s innocent until proven guilty so I’ll be fair.. my opinions are generalizations not in regards to any particular case.

  2. This is a honourable man, it must be a HUGE MISTAKE.

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