Sacto 9-1-1
July 27, 2009
Sacramento County man arrested on suspicion of fondling girl

From Kim Minugh:

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives have arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of fondling an 8-year-old girl in May, according to authorities.

Joseph Edward White is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $1.25 million bail on charges of a lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14, and of possessing obscene matter depicting a person under 14, according to jail booking records. He also is being held for failing to register as a sex offender at a new address, records show.

Also arrested was 28-year-old Nicole Elizabeth Buzzetta, who lives with White and was found to have child pornography in her possession, according to Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran. Buzzetta is jailed in lieu of $250,000 on a charge of possessing obscene matter depicting a person under 14.

The charges stem from an investigation that began May 21, when deputies received a report of child molestation at an apartment complex in the 4400 block of Elk Horn Boulevard, Curran said. At the complex, deputies spoke to an 8-year-old girl who said she had been fondled in the parking lot by an unknown man, Curran said.

The investigation later focused on White, who was a registered sex offender and had felony warrants out for his arrest, Curran said. He was arrested June 20 on those warrants.

Later, detectives obtained a search warrant for the apartment that White and Buzzetta shared and found "numerous images of child pornography," Curran said. White was then identified as the suspect in the May 21 incident, Curran said.

Anyone with information about this case, or anyone who believes White might have had inappropriate conduct with a child, is asked to call child abuse detectives at (916) 874-5203 or (916) 874-5191.

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