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Man arrested for sexual assault of child

Gatesville police arrested a 20-year-old Killeen man in Gatesville on Monday and charged him with online solicitation of a minor, plus two counts of sexual assault of a child.

The suspect is identified as Joseph Mitchell Wernli.

According to Gatesville Police Chief Nathan Gohlke, GPD received a call involving a sexual assault of a juvenile male. Offi cers were told that the juvenile had met a man, only known to him as “Joe”, on an online dating app and that the two had met for sex on two previous occasions.

The two continued to communicate by text messages on the dating app. The juvenile told offi cers that he had become uncomfortable while communicating with “Joe”.



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