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Firefighter, Police Sergeant and Nurse Among 24 Busted In NJ Child Sex Sting

A weeklong sting to uncover child molesters in New Jersey has resulted in the arrest of 24 men—including a firefighter and a police sergeant.

Disclosed by the New Jersey attorney general’s office on Tuesday, Operation Open House targeted men who were using social media to try to lure underage girls and boys for sex. But instead of talking to children, the men were actually chatting with undercover police officers.

Among those arrested was a New Jersey police sergeant, 47-year-old Richard Conte. He was lured to a house expecting to meet a 15-year-old girl after claiming he was 19. He was arrested with condoms in his pocket. Also on the arrested list was a firefighter, nurse and a registered sex offender.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said there was no higher priority than protecting children. “It is a frightening reality that sexual predators are lurking on social media, ready to strike if they find a child who is vulnerable,” Grewal said. “We want child predators to know that we are on social media too—and the child they target may be the undercover officer who puts them in handcuffs. That is the message of Operation Open House.”

Arrests were made over a five-day period, between September 5 and September 9. The arrested men have all been charged with second-degree luring. Five will also face charges of attempting to share obscene materials with a child after they allegedly sent photos of their genitals. Other charges, such as attempted sexual assault of a minor and debauching the morals of a child, are also expected to be made.

Assisting with the sting was Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. Callahan said law officials would continue to “turn the tables” on sex offenders.

“It is disturbing that some of the alleged child predators from this operation held positions of public service and authority, but behind closed doors they went through great lengths to avoid detection online, frequenting social media sites with the sole purpose of targeting unsuspecting children,” he said. “These arrests serve as a sobering reminder that parents should closely monitor their child’s online activity.”

A four-bedroom house in Toms River was the meeting point for undercover officers and the alleged sex offenders. The men were imprisoned at the Ocean County Jail for a week until hearings began last week. All but one—registered sex offender Thomas Blumensteel—have been released on bail. All have been barred from using the internet and having unsupervised contact with children.

Anyone wishing to know more details about the men arrested should visit the attorney general office’s website.


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JP Maurice April 27, 2020 at 6:11 pm

whites are perverted criminally insane sociopath’s,and have no rights or laws that Blacks are bound to respect.

JP Maurice April 27, 2020 at 6:21 pm

racist white police are at war with the Black community. The whole white racist apartheid judicial system corrupt racist judges, even more corrupt District Attorneys, who file false charges, refuse to prosecute righteous charges against murdering police and white racist murdering citizens. Who falsely imprison Blacks with impunity. A nightmare that will only end when Black People’s Unify Organize and take up arms against all whites and exterminate them like the perverted sociopathic criminally insane vermin swine that they are !!!TO ARMS !! TO ARMS !! TO ARMS!!

Andrew May 4, 2020 at 12:50 pm

Exterminate “ALL” whites?
OK Kambon believer. It is YOU who is insane & ought to be locked up forever.

Annie Mills May 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

This article is not about race. It’s about sexual predators of children. If you read it and saw race, you might be a racist.


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