Howard County Man to Serve 2 Years in the Department of Corrections After Pleading Guilty to 1 Count of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor

Press Release

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2024

Howard County Man to Serve 2 Years in the Department of Corrections After Pleading Guilty to

 1 Count of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor



Frederick, Maryland – Today in Frederick County Circuit Court, Judge Scott Rolle accepted the guilty plea of Scott Paul Locastro, 51 years old, for one count of sexual solicitation of a minor.  Locastro currently resides in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

On January 3, 2024, a Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy, with the INTERCEPT Task Force, performing an online investigation and posing as a 13-year-old female, received text messages from Scott Locastro containing sexualized conversation, including soliciting the “minor” for sexual acts multiple times.  The defendant also asked the “minor” if he could go to her house and hide in her closet.  Furthermore, the defendant, asked the “minor” to meet at various locations including the park, a hotel room and his truck.

A subpoena was served to Verizon Wireless for the phone number used to communicate with the Sheriff’s Office deputy.  Scott Locastro was determined to be the account subscriber of the phone number.  In addition, GPS and physical surveillance revealed the defendant to be traveling in a black Chevy Cruz from the area of Livestock Road, West Friendship, MD to Frederick County, MD.  When the defendant arrived at the prearranged meeting point, he was arrested.  The defendant admitted to communicating with multiple minors and exchanging explicit, nude images with them.

The Frederick County Circuit Court sentenced Locastro to 10 years, suspend all but 2 years, in the Department of Corrections.  The Maryland sentencing guidelines for this case was probation to 2 years.  Probation will include five years of COMET-supervised probation, a psycho-sexual evaluation and sex-offender treatment.  The defendant must comply with specialized sexual offender supervision – offense specific treatment, medication, polygraph testing, computer monitoring, electronic tracking and curfew/geographic restriction.

The defendant will register as a Tier-2 Sex Offender Registrant and cannot have under unsupervised contact with any minor children. All other standard conditions of supervised probation apply.

Chief Counsel Joyce King represented the State of Maryland.

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