UPDATE: Collingswood Man Arrested for Attempted Child Luring


Police allege that 31-year-old Heriberto Rivera, Jr. was sending sexually explicit messages to an undercover officer he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

By Matt Skoufalos | February 26, 2018

High-Tech Crimes Unit Logo. Credit: CCPO.

A 31-year-old Collingswood man** whom police say tried to arrange a meet-up with a 14-year-old for sex was arrested Friday in a sting arranged by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO).

The arrest was the second in a week by the High-Tech Crimes Unit (HTC) of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) for the attempted luring of a minor, CCPO said in a statement.

Heriberto Rivera, Jr. allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages to an undercover agent whom he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

Authorities said that when he arrived in Gloucester City on Friday for an intended underage sexual encounter, Rivera, Jr. was arrested instead.

Rivera, Jr. was charged with second-degree luring, attempted criminal sexual assault, attempt to endanger the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact, and attempt to send obscene material to a minor.

He was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a pretrial detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday, and may be detained or released with conditions.

All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law. An arrest is not a conviction.

**CORRECTION: Authorities originally identified Rivera, Jr. as an Oaklyn resident; he lives in Collingswood.

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