16 alleged child predators arrested in New Jersey

The 16 accused sexual predators used various social media platforms to chat with underage kids, but were really talking to an undercover law enforcement official.
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Sixteen people are now under arrest and a child sex predator sting that's happened in New Jersey investigators just announce those charges. New Jersey reporter Anthony Johnson is live for us with details on this good afternoon Anthony. Good afternoon to you Michelle yes the but all those arrests came in a period. I'll just. Five days here is the picture of the men aren't all of them that appear in the photographed allegedly wanted to have sexual encounters. With children anywhere from thirteen to fifteen years old now these men. Come from all walks of life and somewhere in positions where they had access to young children. They want online use several dating apps in game apps to connect to people they thought were minors but they were really. Talking to police officers were running a sting operation. Out of Bergen County call operation home alone. That's because the predators thought they were meeting with children while their parents were not at home. Once the suspects arrived they were taken into custody they went on web sites like grinder tender meat me an atom for atom. Authorities say all the defendants thought they were talking to under aged children. One was a cop from which read New Jersey a minister also. And a teacher from New York who was arrested after setting up a meeting with the child just fourteen years old. Kevin wrought. Is another defense. He is a 26 year old high school teacher in the props. He's charged with arranging to have sex with a fourteen year old boy. During an online chat everybody in this room knows that a victim who undergoes his type of exploitation. Deals with that issue for the rest of his or her life. Yeah. Now everyone here is encouraging parents to make sure. They check their children's phones and I've phones to make sure they're not talking to predators. On those gay maps in those other applications. The suspects face charges of lowering attempted sexual assault of a minor plus some of the defendants actually sent pictures. To the children that would actually costs but they send pictures tell them of their private areas so as we said this case is very disgusting. And very disturbing that is latest live from Hackensack, New Jersey Anthony Johnson channel seven eyewitness it.

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