Easton-area man charged after alleged sexually explicit conversation with alleged teenager

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The Warren County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday the arrest of a Wilson Borough man in an online sting operation.

Suspect John Lore, 62, of the first block of North 16th Street, allegedly had sexually explicit conversations online in late July with an individual he believed to be 15, according to a press release from the James Attorney’s office. Pfeiffer.

In addition to “sexually themed discussions,” Lore drove to meet the alleged child in the Union Square area of ​​Phillipsburg after discussing plans to do so, the statement said.

“However, when the accused arrived he was met by an adult who in turn contacted the police,” the statement said.

Pfeiffer declined to immediately comment on who conducted the alleged online conversations that led to the arrest.

Lore is charged with second-degree felonies of attempted child luring and attempted sexual assault of a child, in addition to third-degree attempt to endanger the welfare of a child, prosecutors say. .

If convicted, second-degree charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison and third-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in New Jersey state prison. ‘state, Pfeiffer said. Additionally, if convicted, Lore will have to register as a sex offender under the state’s Megan Law.

No phone number could be found for Lore to attempt to reach for comment.

The arrest was the second announced by Pfeiffer’s office this week in independent investigations into child sex crimes.

On Tuesday, Pfeiffer said his office arrested Victor M. Torres, 56, of Hackettstown, following an investigation into reports received Oct. 14 by Hackettstown police and the office’s Special Victims Unit. prosecutor that a young girl had been sexually abused.

“During the investigation, it was determined that on numerous occasions, Victor Torres had access to the child and engaged her in various sexual acts,” Pfeiffer said in a press release.

Torres was charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and a single third-degree count of endangering the well-being of a child.

If convicted, the first-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, with a minimum of 25 years during which Torres would not be eligible for parole. Second-degree charges, if convicted, carry a maximum sentence of 10 years and a minimum of five years in state prison, while the third-degree charge would mean three to five years in prison. of state.

Torres was being held in the Warren County Jail and faces a detention hearing scheduled for Friday in New Jersey Superior Court in Belvidere.

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Kurt Bresswein can be reached at [email protected].

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