Ocean County Man Tried To Lure Teen For Sex

NEW JERSEY – An Ocean County man remains jailed after allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a minor he was talking with online.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed 29-year-old Kevin Van Pelt of Lakehurst was arrested on May 1st by Woolwich Police with assistance from The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The arrest comes after a two month investigation.

Van Pelt is accused of asking the 14-year-old girl for nude photos and allegedly tried to arrange meetings with her. Authorities say he used both Instagram and Snapchat.

He faces charges of luring, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal attempt sexual assault, according to police.

Van Pelt is lodged at the Salem County Correctional Facility.

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Jason Allentoff is the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Micromedia Publications/Jersey Shore Online. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in communication from Monmouth University. Before joining Micromedia in 2013, Allentoff was the morning drive news anchor for WOBM-FM/WOBM-AM and contributed reports to New Jersey 101.5.