SOUTHINGTON - Southington police have charged a Massachusetts man with trying to meet up with someone he met on an online dating site, who he thought was a minor.
Carl Bezo, 50, of Westfield, Mass., is facing one count of attempted risk of injury to a minor.
According to police, Bezo met someone through and online dating site who was an adult posing as an underage boy. The man is part of the POP (Prey on Predators) Squad, a local group that has been responsible for at least six other arrests in the area involving similar allegations.
Bezo, police allege, communicated with the POP Squad member and agreed to meet him at a Southington store. The encounter was recorded, which was later turned over to police as evidence. The communications between Bezo and the POP Squad member were also provided to police.
Bezo was arrested Friday. He is being held on $100,000 bond, and is expected to be arraigned today in Bristol Superior Court.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.