N Wildwood Man Busted for Attempting to Have Sex with 14-Year-Old
A 52-year-old North Wildwood man has been arrested for attempting to have sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.
Acting Gloucester County Prosecutor Christine A. Hoffman says Robert C. Reinhart was arrested Monday and charged with "with one count of Attempted Human Trafficking of a Child (1st Degree), Luring of a Child (2nd Degree), and Attempted Sexual Assault (2nd Degree)."
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According to Hoffman, back in January Reinhart "contacted an undercover investigator with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office via text message. The undercover investigator was posing as an adult sister with access to her 14-year-old younger sister. During the chat, Reinhart requested to pay $300 to engage in sexual acts with the 14-year-old child in Gloucester County."
Hoffman says that Reinhart continued to chat with the undercover investigator for the next month. Then, in March, "Reinhart attempted to meet the child at a location in West Deptford.. Reinhart told the undercover investigator that he would rent a room at a local hotel and bring condoms. Reinhart also agreed to meet the older sister and the child for dinner."
Monday, Reinhart was arrested at his home in North Wildwood by the United States Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force. He's being held in the the Salem County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.
Acting Prosecutor Christine A. Hoffman wants to remind the public that COVID-19 quarantine dynamics elevate concerns that abused children can be more isolated and vulnerable to abusers due to reduced contact with teachers, counselors and school nurses, who can spot indicators of abuse and follow through on mandatory reporting requirements. Parents must also be vigilant in monitoring online activity, including time spent by children on various social media applications, chat rooms, and various gaming platforms, as these are prime online locations where sexual predators will attempt to connect with children and develop inappropriate and unsafe relationships.
If you think you have seen a missing child or to report child sexual exploitation., contact your local law enforcement agency or by calling the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or online at www.cybertipline.org.
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