With the help of a citizens’ organization, brigantine police arrested a 55-year-old man from Sewell for attempted child luring.
The situation arose on Friday, when the police received a call from “members of an organization that seeks to expose people who use the internet and mobile applications to meet minors for the purpose of sexual acts. “
Police said those who called said they were at a hotel in Brigantine where they found a manwho had had sexually explicit conversations via a mobile app with a member of their organization posing as a 15-year-old boy. for having met what he believed to be the 15-year-old. “
The police then said to send agents and conduct an investigation. From there, police arrested Michael J. Sharp, 55, of Sewell, accusing him of “attempt to entice a child by electronic means for the purpose of committing a criminal offense against or with the child, a 2nd degree crime. “
Sharp was taken to the Atlantic County Jail pending a court hearing.
Finally, the police said: “It should be noted that the organization mentioned above has conducted a private investigation and is not known to be affiliated with law enforcement or any other New Jersey state government organization. “
Please note that all those arrested are presumed innocent until found guilty.
SOURCE: Brigantine Police Department
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