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.
Here are the charging documents: