GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A man is behind bars, accused of advertising for sex with a 13-year-old on the internet.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that they received information that 40-year-old Patrick Adam Cioffi of Vanceboro had received/possessed obscene pictures on his cellular phone.
Investigators found that Cioffi was engaged in communications with an unknown person (via text messages) about meeting with a 13-year-old female to engage in sexual acts. They also found that he willingly agreed to meet the young girl at a residence in Pitt County.
On Friday, detectives found that 32-year-old Michael Wayne Moore of Greenville was arranging for different subjects like Cioffi to meet with underage girls to commit sexual acts, officials said. Moore was downloading pictures from the internet of young girls that he was portraying to live in Pitt County, officials said.
Cioffi was arrested and charged with Exploitation of a Minor/ Third degree. Moore was also arrested and charged with Exploitation of a Minor/Third degree and Conspiracy. Both were taken to the Pitt County Detention Center and were placed under a $120,000 secured bond.
This investigation is still ongoing. More charges are possible.