Denver firefighter arrested for attempting arrange sex with a child through graphic, sexual messages

DENVER - A Denver firefighter was arrested for allegedly arranging to have sex with someone he thought was a teenage girl, but was actually a team of undercover investigators.

Ronald Michael Asciutto, 59, was arrested Thursday by investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. The Denver Fire Department has suspended him without pay. Investigators say he made contact Wednesday with an online investigator portraying himself as a girl the age of 15.

"I was sitting idle and not participating in any online communications, when I received an instant message," wrote Investigator Mike Harris in the affidavit for Asciutto's arrest.

Harris explained the screen name used to contact him was "DADDY4DAUGHTER."

Asciutto identified himself as a Denver firefighter and gave the name "Ron" during those initial messages, the affidavit says.

Harris wrote that the conversation continued for about ten minutes before moving to another system, where Asciutto was using the screen name "asciutto2012."

Through the second instant messaging program, Asciutto allegedly sent sexually charged messages or questions. Some of them listed in the affidavit included:

- "May I ask ur breast size?"

- "I love small breasts"

- "do u shave?"

- "would it be ok if I kissed u?"

The imaginary child gave Asciutto a phone number during the instant message conversation, Harris wrote. Asciutto called and spoke with a female investigator who portrayed the teenager.

After that call, the investigators received a slew of explicit text messages from Asciutto. The examples listed in the affidavit include overt descriptions of sexual acts.

In a second phone call at approximately 1:07 a.m. Thursday, Asciutto allegedly told the investigators he had to inspect 55 Denver Public Schools. He explained that he walks through every room in the buildings during the inspections.

7NEWS contacted Denver Public Schools about Asciutto's presence in the schools. A spokeswoman said there is no reason to believe he had any unsupervised contact with students.

Several more explicit text messages followed before Asciutto agreed to meet the teen at a parking lot near the intersection of Depew Street and 20th Avenue.

"Asciutto communicated about going to a park from there and taking the blanket and doing the" sexual acts described in the text messages, the affidavit says.

At 10:52 a.m., Asciutto allegedly drove a white 2012 Toyota with government plates to the parking lot. The arrest document says an officer recognized it was a vehicle belonging to the Denver Fire Department.

Asciutto is described as stopping in the lot for about ten seconds before turning around and driving away.

7NEWS confirmed with the Denver Fire Department that Asciutto has a take home vehicle because he is a fire inspector. The vehicle is only supposed to be used for department business.

Investigators were sent to his home and waited for him to come back out to the car before arresting him on suspicion of Internet luring of a child, Internet sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child. All of those crimes are felonies.

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