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Indiana County Man Arrested, Jailed in Jefferson County

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PUNXSUTAWNEY – An Indiana County man was recently arrested in Punxsutawney for allegedly attempting to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex.

According to State Police, 31-year-old Ryan Gabelli exchanged sexually explicit messages with the girl for two weeks, but he was actually communicating with a decoy working for the child protection group 814 Pred Hunters. Troopers accuse Gabelli of making plans to pick up the teenage girl on his motorcycle.

When he arrived in Young Township, Gabelli was taken into custody and arraigned on five felony counts and two misdemeanors.

Gabelli is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with his bail set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.