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Game of Thrones actor Joseph Gatt has been arrested for allegedly engaging in 'online sexually explicit communication' with a minor.
The 50-year-old, who played Thenn Warg in the HBO show, was arrested in his home on 6 April after the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) served a residential home search warrant off the back of his alleged online behaviour.
Detectives from the LAPD's Juvenile Division, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a tip-off that he'd 'engaged in online sexually explicit communication' with a minor in another US state over the internet.
He was then arrested for an outstanding felony warrant for contact with a minor for sexual offence, a news release said.
Gatt was later released on $5,000 bail, TMZ reports, and the actor has since released a statement in response to the allegations.
He wrote: "I obviously want to address the absolutely horrifying and completely untrue allegations recently levelled against me.
"They are 100 percent categorically wrong and reckless. I have confirmed errors and misleading information in today’s press release.
"I am fully cooperating with police and LAPD to get to the bottom of this. I look forward to clearing my good name. Thank you to all my friends and supporters who know that this is untrue and understand for legal reasons I cannot comment further on social media."
No further details have been released regarding the allegations against Gatt. The LAPD said it's 'seeking to identify any additional victims' following his arrest.
The ICAC Task Force is made up of "100 federal and local affiliate agencies that detect and investigate child predators that use the Internet as a means to contact children or deal in child sexual abuse material," the release added.
"The public is reminded that any suspected inappropriate contact with a minor or knowledge of child sexual abuse material on the Internet, should be immediately reported to their local law enforcement agency or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678, or missing kids.com.
"The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will forward the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency nationwide."
Anyone with any information regarding the allegations against Gatt has been encouraged to contact Detective Denos Amarantos at 562-624-4027. If you want to submit an anonymous tip, you can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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