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Widowed father of 4 arrested for having relationship with girl, 14, weeks after wife died in car crash

By Mason White 10:32 AM April 22, 2014
Michael Gawlitta 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A family was left devastated when their mother was suddenly killed in a car accident.

However, their life turned from bad to worse when their father was arrested shortly after their mother’s death.

Michael Gawlitta, 42, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who is a father of 4 children, was accused of sending nude photos and videos of himself to a 14-year-old Texas girl, just weeks after his wife died in the car crash.

Gawlitta lost his wife Tammy Gawlitta, 39, in the crash during a snowstorm. After the tragic death he lost his job. Many people sent donations to help the family get through the difficult time.

A few weeks after the woman’s death, her husband was arrested after the victim’s mother found nude photos and a video, which included Gawlitta whispering his daughter’s name.

The mother took the video to the police, who began an investigation.

Gawlitta was arrested and faces three charges of causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity. He faces six years in prison and $10,000 fine for each charge.