Israeli Facebook exec arrested in underage sex sting

The 38-year-old is the head of computer vision at Oculus VR, virtual reality company, which was acquired by Facebook.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
December 27, 2016 13:27
Man in handcuffs - illustrative

Man in handcuffs - illustrative. (photo credit: INGIMAGE / ASAP)

Dov Katz, an Israeli hi-tech executive living in California, was arrested in Washington state last week and charged with attempting to solicit sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The 38-year-old Katz is the head of computer vision at Oculus VR, virtual reality company, which was acquired by Facebook for about $2 billion in cash and stock in 2014.

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Katz was arrested in Tukwila, Washington after responding to an ad posted online by an undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old offering sex in exchange for money, the TechCrunch website reported.

Katz arranged to meet the girl in a hotel room after offering to pay $360 to have sex without a condom. When he arrived at the hotel with $600 in cash, Katz was arrested by police. He told them that he was there to rescue the girl, the site reported. Bail was set at $125,000 and Katz’s arraignment is set for January 5.

Katz, a Tel Aviv University graduate, helped develop the Oculus Rift headset, a 3D virtual reality device that provides an immersive experience.


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