February 26, 2020
Lisa Broadt
Burlington County Times

A New York man has been charged following online conversations that he thought were with a young girl, but were in fact with law enforcement.
MOUNT HOLLY — A 42-year-old Staten Island man has been charged with attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he met online and believed was a 14-year-old girl, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
In reality, John Emilio, was communicating with a detective from the prosecutor’s high-tech crimes unit.
During the investigation, Emilio sent nude pictures 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, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release Wednesday.
Emilio discussed coming to Burlington County to have sex with the girl, either at a Route 130 motel or inside his vehicle, but the trip never materialized.
Emilio became a suspect in November during a proactive investigation by the high-tech crimes unit into the exploitation of children online, authorities said.
The New York man was charged with second-degree attempted luring, third-degree providing obscene material to person under 18 and third-degree attempting to debauch the morals of a child.
He was arrested Tuesday at his home following the execution of a search warrant. 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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