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Arrest report describes officer’s contact with girl

The Las Vegas police officer charged with molesting a teenage girl exchanged intimate e-mails and phone text messages with the victim, according to a police arrest report.

The officer, Damian Amalfitano, turned himself in to the county jail on Monday. He faces 10 counts of lewdness with a minor, one count of luring or attempting to lure a child and 19 counts of possession of child pornography.

Amalfitano, a six-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, was placed on leave without pay.

According to an arrest report, Amalfitano dated the victim’s aunt.

In April, according to the report, he molested the victim on three occasions, twice in the home he shared with another couple and once at the victim’s grandmother’s house.

The victim was reportedly 13 years old at the time of the alleged molestation.

In one e-mail from the victim sent to Amalfitano and dated July 7, she tells him that she loves him, the arrest report states. In another e-mail sent by the victim about a month later, she calls him “the most sweetest guy,” the report states. They also discuss sex, the report states.

Amalfitano also sent the victim intimate messages, including one saying, “i lov you to very much dont forget that. there are a ton of things I want to do with you,” the report states.

When detectives interviewed Amalfitano on Aug. 11, he told them that he communicated with the victim over the phone and via e-mail, the report states. However, he told detectives that he couldn’t remember whether the victim ever e-mailed him about the two having sex, but he said they discussed the victim having sex with other men, the report states.

Police confiscated Amalfitano’s computer and found the e-mail exchanges between him and the victim, the report states. Police also found images of child pornography on the computer, the report states.

The images were not of the victim and appear to have been downloaded from the Internet, police said.

Contact reporter David Kihara at dkihara@reviewjournal.com or (702) 383-4638.

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