KTUU Channel 2 has fired a reporter, Dan Fiorucci, after being made aware of "inappropriate online communications," according to a statement from station general manager Andy MacLeod posted online and on social media Tuesday.
The firing came after a website that describes itself as being dedicated to "teaching child predators a lesson" posted a transcript that purports to be a conversation between Fiorucci and someone posing as a 14-year-old girl. The conversation includes sexual banter.
Also posted was an audio file of someone who identifies himself as the girl's father confronting Fiorucci on his work phone about the matter. The web site is huntingapredator.com.
The station learned of the posting late Friday and immediately notified police, MacLeod said.
He did not say how the station heard of the posting.
Anchorage Police Department spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said he couldn't comment on whether the APD was investigating the allegation or not. He did say no arrests have been made.
Parker said he could not specifically comment on the posted conversation. He said enticement of a child under the age of 18 online could be illegal under state and federal law
The website reveals no details about its management or methods. It does not appear to be affiliated with a law enforcement organization, Parker said.
Fiorucci first worked at KTUU in 2003, according to a biography on the station's website that has now been removed. He worked for the station for three years before moving to an NBC-affiliate station in Philadelphia and returned to Anchorage to again work at KTUU this year.
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