Half Moon Bay man arrested after allegedly exchanging over 500 inappropriate texts with minor

- A 51-year-old Half Moon Bay man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly attempting to engage in lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, according to police.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Detectives say Patrick Joseph Andorfer sent inappropriate Facebook messages and over 500 text messages to a 15-year-old girl after police received a tip from the girl's father. 

Detectives took Andorfer into custody around 7 p.m. on the 600 block of Correas St. in Half Moon Bay after a four-month investigation concluded the messages became increasingly sexually explicit and that Andorfer was actively trying to meet and establish a sexual relationship with the girl.

Police arranged a meeting with Andorfer where they posed as the teen.

Andorfer was booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility with his bail set at $50,000.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the teen and Androfer didn’t have contact as soon as their investigation began.

Anyone with information about this case are encouraged to call Detective Gaby Chaghouri at (650) 259-2314 or email him at gchaghouri@smcgov.org.

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