Joseph Gatt, the actor who played the role of Thenn Warg in the television series Game of Thrones, has been arrested, the Daily Caller reports.
Gatt has been charged by authorities in California with “Contact with a Minor for Sexual Offense.”
The allegation against Gatt
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has released a statement on Gatt’s arrest, which took place “on April 6, 2022, around 4:45 a.m.”
The statement says that the LAPD “served a residential search warrant at the home of Joseph Gatt in the area of 3rd Street and La Jolla after they received information that Gatt had been engaged in online sexually explicit communication with a minor across state lines.”
The statement adds that Gatt “was subsequently arrested by detectives for an outstanding felony warrant for California Penal Code 288.3(a) – Contact with a Minor for Sexual Offense.”
“Internet Crimes Against Children”
Further details about Gatt’s alleged crime were not provided.
According to the LAPD’s statement, the arrest is part of an investigation being carried out by the department’s “Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile Division, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.”
This task force, according to the statement, “is comprised of over 100 federal and local affiliate agencies that detect and investigate child predators that use the Internet as a means to contact children or deal in child sexual abuse material.”
Even with Gatt’s arrest, the ICAC is said to be continuing its investigation of Gatt. The task force is trying to determine whether there may or may not be additional victims, and, to this end, it is calling upon the public for assistance.
Gatt has been released
TMZ reports that Gatt was released from jail on the same day that he was arrested. According to the outlet, Gatt was only being held on a $5,000 bond, which he immediately posted.
At the time of the writing of this article, Gatt had not released a statement on his arrest, either from himself or through his attorney.
The 50-year-old Gatt is probably most well-known for his Game of Thrones role. But, he has also played roles in Thor as well as Star Trek Into Darkness.