MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Prosecutors have charged a man who they say attempted to arrange a sexual encounter in Burlington County with an underage girl online.
John Emilio, 42, of Staten Island, charged with second-degree attempted luring and related offenses.
Emilio thought he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO). In reality, he was communicating with a detective from the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit.
During the investigation, Emilio allegedly sent nude photos of his genitals, said he was very excited that he would be having sex with a girl so young and looked forward to taking her virginity.
Prosecutors said Emilio became a suspect in November during a proactive investigation into the exploitation of children in cyberspace.
Emilio had allegedly discussed coming to Burlington County to have sex with the girl, either at a Route 130 motel or inside of his vehicle, but the trip never materialized.
Emilio was taken into custody Tuesday at his home following the execution of a search warrant.
Prosecutors said Emilio waived extradition and will be brought to New Jersey in the near future. The case will now be prepared for presentation to a Burlington County Grand Jury for possible indictment.
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