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KNOW HIM? Passaic Sheriff Seeks Other Victims In Child Sex Case

Jose Bautista-Palacios
Jose Bautista-Palacios Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PATERSON, N.J. -- A Paterson mother was horrified to discover that a man had offered her child money and gift cards via phone messages in exchange for nude photographs and a meeting to have sex, authorities said.

She wasn't the only one.

Contacted by Paterson police, members of the Passaic County sheriff's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit -- working with county prosecutor's detectives -- discovered two other victims during an investigation, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said Thursday.

On Wednesday, they arrested 27-year-old man Jose Bautista-Palacios, he said.

Bautista-Palacios is charged with various luring, attempted aggravated sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and child endangerment offenses.

Berdnik urged anyone with additional complaints of information about Bautista-Palacios's activities to contact

"I want to commend all the detectives from the involved agencies for there work on this investigation," the sheriff said. "We encourage the public to submit any information regarding this issue and ask that other possible victims notify our investigators."

CONTACT: Detective Sgt. Juan Passano at (973) 720-7101, ext. 2323 .

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