A Lacey Township man was sentenced to prison time for attempting to have sexual relations with an underage boy, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Dylan Daffron, 29, of Lacey Township, was arrested on September 8th, 2018, after he arranged a meeting to have sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.

The 'boy' was actually an undercover police officer working apart of 'Operation Open House.' The operation was initiated by AG Grewal in 2018 to target child predators on social media.

Daffron also sent explicit images to the undercover officer.

Dozens of officers arrested Daffron at the home where the operation was taking place in Toms River.

He pleaded guilty to second degree luring/enticing a child on July 25th, 2019. On Friday, Daffron received a sentence of five years in New Jersey State Prison and will be required to register as a sex offender in accordance with Megan's Law. He will also be subject to parole supervision for the rest of his life.

Over the last year and one month, the Division of Criminal Justice, the New Jersey State Police, and various law enforcement partners arrested 40 alleged child predators in two major undercover operations, "through multi-agency operations like [Operation] Open House and [Operation] Home Alone, as well as our day to day monitoring of social media, we're working diligently to arrest sexual predators and protect children," AG Grewal said.

AG Grewal advises parents to talk to their children about the dangers of social media and warn them that, "predators use the internet to manipulate children into situations where they can be harmed."

Anyone with knowledge about the distribution of child pornography on the internet, or about suspected improper contact by persons communicating with minors are urged to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.

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