A Bloomington man was arrested following a joint undercover investigation between the Bloomington Police Department and Gilpin County Sheriff's office. According to a news release Monday, Lucas B. Mariani, 26 was arrested by detectives from the Bloomington Police Department's Central Illinois Cyber Crimes Task Force. He was arrested for allegedly distributing harmful material and unlawful grooming. Police claim Mariani sent a video of himself masturbating to a person he believed was a minor. Police say Mariani also solicited a person he believed was a minor to send him lewd and lascivious pictures of themself. The minor was actually an undercover police officer.
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