Man arrested for luring
Effinger, 53, arrested in Egg Harbor Twp.
EGG HARBOR TWP.—According to a press release issued by the Egg Harbor Twp. Police Department (EHTPD) on July 28, on Sunday, July 24, 2022 around 8 p.m., The Egg Harbor Twp. Police Department fielded a report of an adult male attempting to meet up with a juvenile in this jurisdiction, the release said. According to the release, the report was made by two civilian complainants who operate a YouTube channel. The duo pose as juveniles on the internet for the purpose of catching Child Predators, the release said.
During this instance the duo posed as a 15-year-old boy and made plans to meet up with an adult male at a local hotel for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, the release said. Once the male arrived at the hotel the duo recorded the interaction and confronted the male who ultimately fled in a vehicle, the release said.
As a result of the investigation the accused was identified as Raymond Effinger Jr., 53, of Hammonton, according to the release. Charges were authorized for Effinger and placed on a warrant. Efforts to have Effinger turn himself in were unsuccessful, the release said.
According to the release, with the assistance of the Hammonton Police Department Effinger was located and arrested on the evening of July 27. He was later lodged in the Atlantic County Justice facility pending court appearances, the release said.
Luring is a Second-Degree Indictable Crime in New Jersey. If convicted, Effinger could face a penalty of up to $150,000 fine and 5 to 10 years imprisonment, according to the release.
The release said the investigation was conducted by Officer Michael Contreras and Detective Jacob Hunter of the Egg Harbor Twp. Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Anyone with additional information is asked to email CID@ehtpd.com or call Crime Stoppers at (609) 652-1234 or (800) 658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersatlantic.com. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.
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