Charleston man arrested for sexual exploitation of minor girl

Gerard Lavecchia (Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

A 56-year-old Charleston man was arrested Tuesday for first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a Charleston Police report, Gerard Lavecchia was sent inappropriate pictures from a female family friend under the age of 15 and he engaged and responded to her.

According to the police report, the girl said their inappropriate relationship had been going on for approximately a year-and-a-half.

The girl's parent discovered the text message thread in her phone on Oct. 27 and called the police, according to the report.

The girl stated that she did not tell anyone about it because she was afraid, according to the report.

The phone was entered into evidence.

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