A 39-year-old Secaucus man was arrested on sexual assault and child endangerment charges today after an Internet probe by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office alleges he exposed himself online to an investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi said Salvatore Iacopelli of Secaucus has been charged by his office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after an online undercover investigation.
Iacopelli allegedly had online contact with an MCPO detective who identified himself as a 14-year-old girl. The prosecutor’s office said in a court filing that the Secaucus man sent photos of himself and a pornographic image of a female having sex with a man.
Iacopelli faces charges of with second degree attempted sexual assault, third degree attempted endangering the welfare of children and third degree attempted promoting obscene material to a person under 18, Bianchi said today.
Bianchi said the special unit was recently launched after a detective received training with the New Jersey State Police on investigative techniques to catch adults who attempt to lure children for otherwise illegal purposes.
Bail was set at $200,000 with Iacopelli forbidden from contact with children under the age of 16, except his own, Bianchi said.
The prosecutor asks that anyone with information about the accused is asked to contact his office at 973-285-6200.