Dov Katz was arrested Dec. 21 in the Seattle area in a police sting operation.
(Carnegie Mellon University)
A top tech college was on Wednesday arrested in the vicinity of Seattle, after police said he tried to pay for unprotected sex with a girl that he allegedly thought was 15 years old.
Dov Katz, head of computer vision in the Oculus VR, was charged with attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor, after he allegedly the victim of an undercover sting operation, coordinated by the Tukwila Police Department, Gizmodo reported.
A 38-year-old Israeli citizen who lives in America, Katz told the police when he was arrested, “that he was there to save [the girl], and call the police,” according to charging documents.
“I told Katz he should have called the police for the first time,” an officer wrote.
Katz came to the hotel after an alleged text message for an hour with a police officer, who himself is portrayed as an underage teenager.
“Can I be honest with you? I’m new at all of this and a little younger than my ad says, but I promise you will not be disappointed,” the officer sms, according to charging documents. When Katz asked the question “How much younger?” the undercover agent told him: “15”, and asked that he not “say that everything is ok?”
“Katz replied,” sure.”
Katz’ arraignment was set for Jan. 5, KING5 reported.
Facebook acquired Oculus VR in 2014.
Carnegie Mellon University listed Katz as a postdoctoral researcher at the school’s robotics institute. He is no longer a member of the institute, according to its website.