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Howard police arrest Dundalk man for soliciting sex from teen

Philip William La Rocca, 30, of Dundalk, has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor and two counts of second-degree sex offense.
Philip William La Rocca, 30, of Dundalk, has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor and two counts of second-degree sex offense. (Howard County police)

Howard County police have charged a 30-year-old Baltimore County man for soliciting a police officer he thought was a 15-year-old Ellicott City boy through text messages.

Philip William La Rocca, 30, of Dundalk, was charged with sexual solicitation of a minor and two counts of second-degree sex offense.

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According to police, the investigation began on May 26 after a man told police that his son was having inappropriate text conversations with an unknown man. The teen told police that he had been communicating with a man on the social networking site "Jack'd," who was sending him sexually explicit messages and photos.

Detectives took over communication with the man, police said, posing as the juvenile.

Over several weeks, the man, later identified as La Rocca, sent messages and photos on the victim's account. Police said they found out the victim and La Rocca had met two times before and engaged in sexual acts.

On June 23, La Rocca again solicited the boy for sex acts and the two agreed to meet. When La Rocca arrived at an Ellicott City parking lot, police said, he was met by officers and placed under arrest.

La Rocca is being held at the Howard County Detention Center without bail.

Police are reminding parents to be aware of their children's use of social media and asking anyone else who may have been solicited by La Rocca to call police at 410-313-STOP .

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