More than a dozen alleged child predators, including a New York City teacher, a New Jersey cop, a dental hygienist, a minister and two ride-share drivers, have been arrested for allegedly luring children for sex via chat apps, prosecutors said Wednesday. Pat Battle reports. The arrests in the multi-agency undercover investigation, dubbed "Operation Home Alone," were made over a five-day period in April, authorities said.
Bills S,and would provide the state with nearly unparalleled authority to monitor or restrict Internet access by convicted sex offenders and impose severe penalties for those convicted of using the Internet for luring, effectively making New Jersey a national leader in the fight to crack down on online sexual predators. Sex offenders have no business in our Internet communities, especially the places where our children frequent. These measures will take major steps towards protecting New Jerseyans by keeping sexual predators out of online neighborhoods.
They exchanged explicit messages on chat and dating apps with profiles depicting teenage boys and girls, authorities claim. Some of them even showed up at an apartment in Bergen County expecting a sexual encounter. A Ridgewood police officer.
Sixteen men were arrested on Wednesday in New Jersey where a statewide crackdown by multiple state law enforcement agencies on child sexual exploitation was called, "Operation Home Alone. The men — including a Ridgewood, New Jersey, police officer, a high school teacher at the High School of Computers and Technology in the Bronx, New York, and drivers for Uber and Lyft — were charged with luring and attempted sexual assault for allegedly using popular social media sites to identify children to groom for assault. Prosecutors said the men — ages between 28 to 55 — used social media websites, chat apps and gaming apps including Kik, Skout, Grindr, Tinder, MeetMe, Adam4Adam, Fortnite, Minecraft and Hot or Not to engage with underage boys and girls. Once chatting began, the undercover officers identified themselves as underage girls or boys that were or years-old.
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There are few crimes more heinous than child molestation. Whether violently attacked by a stranger or preyed upon by a trusted adult in the home, school or place of worship, children who survive such assaults are often left to walk a lifelong path of sorrow and pain. Unfortunately, our government has failed to take steps that will make a meaningful difference in preventing sex offenses.
Most of the defendants were arrested when they arrived at a house in Toms River, N. Instead, they found dozens of law enforcement officers prepared to arrest them and process any evidence seized. Those arrested included a Howell Township, N.
State officials want parents to know: Possible sex predators are using apps to lure children across New Jersey. Following the recent arrests of 24 alleged child predators, the Office of Attorney General alerted New Jerseyans this past week that potentially dangerous people are using as many as 19 apps to lure children to have sex. Arrests also have been made involving the gaming apps Fortnite, Minecraft, and Discord, according to the Office of Attorney General.
Most of the defendants were arrested when they arrived at a residence in Bergen County, where they allegedly expected to find their victim home alone. Instead, they found law enforcement officers prepared to arrest them and process any evidence seized. Those arrested include a Ridgewood police officer, a Bronx, N.