Hickory man arrested for initiating an illicit affair with a child

The Burke County Sheriff's Office arrested a local man after they said he attempted to initiate an affair with a minor child through various social media outlets.

Deputies were contacted about the allegations on Tuesday, August 16. 

The report alleged Colton James Mostacato, 27, of Hickory, NC, sent lewd sexually themed picture(s), solicited the minor for nude photos, and tried to arrange a meeting with the minor child for the express purpose of performing sex acts. 

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the minor’s parent/guardian(s), were able to infiltrate and prevent the incident from escalating further.

Mostacato was taken into custody by the Hickory Police Department at his place of employment without incident. 

He was taken before a magistrate arraigned on his charges, where he received a $50,000.00 secured bond. His next court date is on September 2.