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North Wildwood Man Charged with Attempted Human Trafficking of a Child and other Charges

WOODBURY, NJ (March 30, 2021)--Gloucester County Acting Prosecutor Christine A. Hoffman announces that Robert C. Reinhart (DOB 10/03/1968) of North Wildwood, NJ, was arrested on March 29, 2021, and charged with one count of Attempted Human Trafficking of a Child (1st Degree), Luring of a Child (2nd Degree), and Attempted Sexual Assault (2nd Degree). Screen Shot 2019-11-25 at 19.24.31

 

In January 2021, Reinhart contacted an undercover investigator with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office via text message. The undercover investigator was posing as an adult sister with access to her 14-year-old younger sister. During the chat, Reinhart requested to pay $300 to engage in sexual acts with the 14-year-old child in Gloucester County, NJ. Reinhart continued to chat with the undercover investigator for the next month. In March 2021, Reinhart attempted to meet the child at a location in West Deptford, NJ. Reinhart told the undercover investigator that he would rent a room at a local hotel and bring condoms. Reinhart also agreed to meet the older sister and the child for dinner. 

 

On March 29, 2021, the United States Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force arrested  Reinhart at his residence in North Wildwood, New Jersey. 

 

Reinhart was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.  

 

Agencies assisting this investigation included the United States Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force/Camden and Atlantic City Field Offices, North Wildwood Police Department, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Investigations Unit and the NJ Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

 

“Acting Prosecutor Christine A. Hoffman wants to remind the public that COVID-19 quarantine dynamics elevate concerns that abused children can be more isolated and vulnerable to abusers due to reduced contact with teachers, counselers and school nurses, who can spot indicators of abuse and follow through on mandatory reporting requirements. Parents must also be vigilant in monitoring online activity, including time spent by children on various social media applications, chat rooms, and various gaming platforms, as these are prime online locations where sexual predators will attempt to connect with  children and develop inappropriate and unsafe relationships.

 

 

If you think you have seen a missing child or to report child sexual exploitation., contact your local law enforcement agency or by calling the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or online at www.cybertipline.org.

            

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 their rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State Law.

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