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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Two dozen alleged child predators, including a police sergeant, are behind bars in New Jersey.
Police say the suspects used social media and chat apps to arrange for sex with young girls and boys, not knowing they were actually communicating with undercover officers posing as children.
“Arrested are a police officer, a nurse, a firefighter, college students and a registered sex offender. In short, these defendants come from all walks of life,” said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
Police say Howell Township Police Sgt. Richard Conte was among those arrested when he arrived at an undercover house staffed with dozens of officers.
He has been suspended from his job and is under court-ordered home detention.