COLONIE -- Computer crime investigators charged a 23-year-old Schenectady man with three sex-related felonies Sunday, town police said.
Daniel J. Planty is charged with possession a sexual performance by a child, attempted rape and attempted criminal sex act. He was arraigned in Colonie Town Court and taken to the Albany County Jail.
Planty and his victim, who is under the age of 15, are "not known to each other," which is why the sexual assault charges are labeled as attempted, Colonie police Detective Sgt. George Thomaides said.
Thomaides declined to describe how Planty communicated with the child or comment on how police knew to investigate.
Colonie police's Computer Crimes Unit, lauded as a local powerhouse for digital crime arrests, is "deliberately vague" about how they identify and investigate suspects, Thomaides said.
"There is a seriousness that goes along with this: These are our kids," the detective sergeant said.
He added that computer crimes are on the rise nationwide, as people use the internet to trade child pornography, lure or entice children, embezzle funds and bully classmates.
Thomaides said anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by Planty should call police at (518) 783-2754.