#childpredator | Four Arrested for Attempted Child Luring in Atlantic City


The Atlantic City Police Department says four more people have been arrested on child luring charges after they received tips and information from concerned citizens.

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Authorities say members of the group (i.e. the “concerned citizens”) pose as underage children on various social media sites. They then confront individuals trying to meet those children and then they notify local law enforcement agencies. Screenshots of conversations and detailed information that was shared are given to cops as evidence.

Since Thursday, July 22nd, the following people were arrested and charged:

ARRESTED: 51-year-old Jose Machuca of Hyattsville, MD
CHARGE: Luring/enticing a child by various means

ARRESTED: 26-year-old Sambatrimiaina Raminoson of Atlantic City
CHARGE: Luring/enticing a child by various means

ARRESTED: 49-year-old Eugene Pulle of Philadelphia
CHARGE: Luring/enticing a child by various means

ARRESTED: 54-year-old Clifford Horn of Chalfont, PA
CHARGE: Luring/enticing a child by various means

All four were released on a summons with a future court date.

This is not the first time a group of “concerned citizens” got people arrested for child luring. Just two months ago, two men, one from Atlantic City and another from Pennsylvania, were arrested in the World’s Play Ground after they allegedly attempted to lure young boys. Just before those arrests, a Gloucester County man was arrested in Brigantine for allegedly doing the same thing. Police have not officially said if it’s the same group of citizens behind each case.

The public is reminded that charges are mere accusations and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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