Sacto 9-1-1
September 17, 2013
FBI seeks possible Sacramento-area victims of accused sex offender

Joseph Caracciolo.pngThe Federal Bureau of Investigation seeks the public's assistance in identifying possible additional victims of a man thought to have lived in the Sacramento area and who was recently arrested in in New Jersey, accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

A complaint and arrest warrant were issued Aug. 21 by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, charging an individual, believed to be Joseph Crillo, but not yet positively identified, in a John Doe warrant with aggravated sexual assault of a minor younger than 13. On Aug. 30, Joseph Anthony Caracciolo (pictured), also known as Joseph Crillo, Joseph Grillo and Tony Gallardo, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, in a federal complaint. He is accused of traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person, namely a sexual act with a person younger than 18 years of age, according to an FBI news release.

According to the federal complaint, from approximately May to August 2012, Caracciolo allegedly traveled among New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to sexually abuse a girl who was younger than 13.

Caracciolo is a registered sex offender listed in the national sex offender public website. Since August 2005, he has been in violation of the sex offender registration requirements, according to the FBI.

In the early to mid 1990s, Caracciolo traveled extensively and may have lived in Florida as well as California, authorities said. From 2003 to 2005, he is believed to have traveled and lived in California, particularly the Sacramento and San Bernardino areas.

Caracciolo has allegedly represented himself to be a chef, pediatric dentist, business owner, salesman and an electrician's assistant. He also allegedly claimed to be suffering from cancer.

Caracciolo has several tattoos, including ivy on his left finger; a chef in a chef's hat with the words "Top Chef" and a quote on the forearm; a cancer ribbon with boxing gloves on the forearm; the initials "AJ" on the inner left wrist; the letter "M" on the inner right wrist; the initials "NY" on the left upper arm; and an "X" between the webbing of the thumb and index finger.

Anyone with information regarding Caracciolo is asked to call the FBI's tip line at (800) 225-5324. Information also can be provided to the nearest FBI field office, or filed electronically at https://tips.fbi.gov.

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