Former Monmouth County resident tried soliciting 11-year old for sex, prosecutors say
A New Bedford, Massachusetts man who used to live in Lake Como is arrested for allegedly trying to lure an 11-year old Monmouth County girl into having sex with him and send nude photos through text message, according to the MC Prosecutors Office.
The investigation began when Camacho contacted the female child on her cell phone.
Why he did or how he got the girls number is not yet known.
An undercover Ocean Township detective took control of the girls phone and communicated with 55-year old Michael Camacho pretending to be an 11-year old girl.
Their conversation lasted several weeks.
During the text message conversations with the undercover detective, Camacho discussed engaging in sexual activity with the child, sent obscene photographs of himself to the child, requested that the child send him photographs of herself and discussed meeting up with the child.
The Ocean Township Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office collected enough evidence to make an arrest on Wednesday in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Camacho was immediately brought up on charges of second-degree Luring, second-degree Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a child, two counts of third-degree Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and third-degree Attempted Obscenity to a Minor.
He faces a sentence of five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison and is subject to the provisions of Megan's Law and Parole Supervision for Life upon his release if convicted of either of the second-degree charges.
He faces a sentence of three to five years in a New Jersey state prison on the third-degree charges.
A conviction of any of the third-degree Attempted Endangering charges would also invoke the provisions of Megan's Law and Parole Supervision for Life.
Camacho has waived extradition and is pending transportation to New Jersey to face these charges.
He was arrested by members of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Office of the Attorney General, Massachusetts Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crime Division, and the New Bedford Police Department in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crime Division and New Bedford Police Department provided substantial assistance in locating Camacho in New Bedford and arresting him on the outstanding charges.
The investigation was led by the Ocean Township Police Department with the assistance of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Computer Crimes Unit.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have information about this investigation, or who feels they may have been subject to inappropriate online communications by Camacho, to call Detective Michael Melody of the Ocean Township Police Department at 732-897-3242 or Detective Tiffany Lenart of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Computer Crimes Unit at 732-431-7160.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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