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Gulfport man charged with sexual battery, molestation, child pornography

GULFPORT — Police arrested a man on charges of sexual battery, molestation and child pornography on Saturday and believe there are multiple victims younger than 12.

Joseph Blaze Forgetta, 57 of Gulfport, was taken into custody Saturday night. A girl told her mother that when she and two other children were staying at the home of a family member who is in a relationship with Forgetta, the man committed a sex act against her.

After investigating, police found another victim, also younger than 12, according to a Gulfport Police Department release. Police said Forgetta sexually battered that child twice in the past year and took photos and video during the incidents.

Police believe there may be still more victims, especially in the area near 52nd Street and 29th Avenue South. Anyone with information should contact 727-893-1043.

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