Mark Seidman, 41, of Westampton, believed he was chatting with a 14-year-old boy he met online. However, Seidman was sending messages to an undercover Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent working with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office High-Tech Crimes Unit (HTCU).
On October 26, 2019, Mark Seidman made contact online with the Special Agent on an online chatting application. As a result of their online conversation, Seidman arrived at an agreed upon location in Pennsauken to allegedly engage in sexual activity with whom he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. Upon his arrival, just before 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Seidman was met and arrested by law enforcement officers.
Mark Seidman, who is employed as a mechanical engineer at Wynright Resources LLC, was charged with second degree Luring, Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact, Attempted Sexual Assault with a minor and Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Pennsauken Township Police Chief John Nettleton.
Seidman was taken to the Pennsauken Township Police Department where he was processed and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a pretrial detention hearing. Under Criminal Justice Reform rules, the court may order he be detained or released with conditions.
These charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the High-Tech Crimes Unit of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – Cherry Hill Office. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office HTCU Detectives were assisted by members of the Camden County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Pennsauken Township Police Department.
The investigation is ongoing.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.