Israeli Oculus Engineering Leader Arrested For Underage Sex Sting

Dov Katz, head of the computer vision and machine learning group at Facebook-owned Oculus, has been charged in King County for attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

The 38-year-old tech exec allegedly attempted to contact what he believed to be was a 15-year-old girl for sex.

The fictitious 15-year-old was actually an undercover police officer with the Tukwila Police Department, a city just south of Seattle.

The news was first reported by KING 5, which said that Katz was arrested by Tukwila Police on Wednesday. Katz is to be arraigned on January 5th, and bail was set at $125,000. An Israeli citizen who resides in California, Katz is forbidden to have contact with any minors, except in the presence of a responsible adult, according to charging documents.

Katz allegedly responded to an online advertisement that offered sex in exchange for money, an ad which was posted by undercover police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl. Katz allegedly arranged a meeting at the Embassy Suites in Tukwila, offering to pay $350 to have sex without a condom. When Katz arrived at the hotel with $600 in cash, he was arrested by police.

Upon his arrest, Katz told the officer that he was there to rescue the girl, and should have first called police, according to charging documents.

We’ve reached out to Facebook representatives for comment, and we’ll update this post if we learn more. Facebook purchased Oculus — one of the leaders in virtual reality technology — for about $2 billion in cash and stock in 2014. Oculus operates a large engineering office in Seattle. Katz was profiled in a Times of Israel story in 2014 for the role he played in helping to develop the Oculus Rift headset.

Here’s how the charging documents read:

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    Dov Katz, an Israeli hi-tech executive living in California, was arrested in Washington state last week and charged with attempting to solicit sex with a 15-year-old girl.

    The 38-year-old Katz is the head of computer vision at Oculus VR, virtual reality company, which was acquired by Facebook for about $2 billion in cash and stock in 2014.

    Katz was arrested in Tukwila, Washington after responding to an ad posted online by an undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old offering sex in exchange for money, the TechCrunch website reported.

    Katz arranged to meet the girl in a hotel room after offering to pay $360 to have sex without a condom. When he arrived at the hotel with $600 in cash, Katz was arrested by police. He told them that he was there to rescue the girl, the site reported. Bail was set at $125,000 and Katz’s arraignment is set for January 5.

    Katz, a Tel Aviv University graduate, helped develop the Oculus Rift headset, a 3D virtual reality device that provides an immersive experience.

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