Gulfport Man Arrested for Sex with a Minor

GULFPORT, FL (970 WFLA) - Gulfport Police say a 57-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly having sexual relations with more than one girl under the age of 12.

Police picked up Joseph Blaze Forgetta last night after a girl told her mother that he had committed a sex act with her the previous night. 

The victim and two other children spent the night together at the home of a family member who is involved in a relationship with Forgetta.

Police say a subsequent investigation revealed at least one other victim under the age of 12 who Forgetta had committed sex acts with on two previous occasions during the past year. Forgetta allegedly snapped photos and captured video during the incidents.

Forgetta is charged with two counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of 12, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12, and two counts of production of child pornography. 

Police believe there may be additional victims, especially among those who live near Forgetta in the area of 52nd Street and 29th Avenue South. If you have information or questions, contact Detective Jennifer Crowson with the Gulfport Police Department at 727-893-1043.

Photo Credit: Gulfport Police Department 

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