February 6, 2015
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Dixie County Sheriff’s Office and members of the United States Marshal’s Regional Domestic Fugitive Task Force arrested Joseph Louis Moscato DOB: 6-21-47 at his home located at 785 North East 673 Street Old Town, FL 32680 at approximately 6:30 PM yesterday. LCSO obtained a warrant for the arrest of Moscato late Wednesday evening. The warrant, charging Moscato for Lewd and Lascivious Battery of a person under 16 was obtained after the investigation and evidence collected from the crime scene had been analyzed.
LCSO began their investigation on November 17, 2014 when a 12 year old female victim reported to her parents she had been molested by Moscato. The incident occurred at the church she was attending in the Fanning Springs area of Levy County. Investigators collected evidence from the scene and from the body of the victim, and had it examined. Reports received from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratories confirmed the presence of Moscato’s DNA.
These types of cases are delicate and often require extensive investigative efforts. LCSO is committed to solving these cases. The victim and her family have been referred for services by the LCSO Victim’s Advocates Division to aid them in the healing process.
Moscato was booked in and is being held at the Dixie County Jail on a $3,000,000.00 bond. He will be transferred to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility to await trial. The photograph of Moscato was provided by Dixie County Sheriff’s Office.