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Updated: 7/26/2012 6:26 am
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- North Las Vegas police Tuesday arrested Safe Nest donation director Benedetto Vitale on sex-related charges.

A two-day investigation which began Sunday ended with the arrest of Vitale on one count each of open and gross lewdness, forgery and sexually-motivated coercion, all related to the incident two days earlier.

Detectives were investigating a report that a 59-year-old Las Vegas man attempted to coerce a woman into committing sex acts.

A 24-year-old North Las Vegas woman reported that she contacted Safe Nest, a local non-profit agency, to arrange to work off her court-ordered community service hours.

She reported to the Safe Nest Donation Center at 4208 Arcata Way to discuss her duties. During the discussion, Vitale, a representative from Safe Nest, allegedly attempted to coerce her into committing sex acts in exchange for signing off on her work hours.

Vitale, who also goes by "Ben," reportedly has worked for Safe Nest for about eight years and held the position of donation center director at the time of the arrest. Detectives are investigating the possibility that additional victims may exist.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Safe Nest has issued a statement which says:

"Safe Nest was informed that Ben Vitale, donation center director, was taken into custody by the North Vegas Police Department. The very serious allegations against Vitale stand in stark contrast to Safe Nest’s mission and commitment to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Safe Nest took immediate action upon learning of the arrest and circumstances surrounding it. We are fully cooperating with police and assisting in every way possible with their investigation. Vitale has been placed on administrative leave."


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