|TRENTON –Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that a Bergen County man was indicted today for allegedly attempting to lure a 15-year-old girl into having a sexual encounter with him by sending her sexually explicit texts.
The Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau-Cyber Crimes Unit today obtained a state grand jury indictment charging Philip R. Carry, 60, of Fair Lawn, N.J., with second-degree luring a child, third-degree showing obscene materials to a person under 18, and third-degree attempt to show obscene materials to a person under 18. The charges are the result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit (DTIU) and partnering agencies that led to Carry’s arrest in 2015.
On May 28, 2015, the Belleville Police requested assistance from the New Jersey State Police DTIU after receiving a report that a man named “Phil” was sending sexually explicit text messages to a girl who was 15 at the time. The Belleville Police were able to identify the alleged offender as Philip Carry, who had met the victim several years earlier because he was an acquaintance of a relative of the girl. A State Police detective in the DTIU posed as the girl and continued communication with Carry through text messaging. It is alleged that Carry, knowing the victim’s age, continued to send sexually explicit messages and attempted to arrange a meeting with the girl for the purpose of having a sexual encounter.
On July 24, 2015, members of the State Police DTIU, State Police Trafficking Unit, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Belleville Police Department, and Fair Lawn Police Department executed a search warrant at Carry’s residence, seizing digital evidence and arresting Carry on charges including luring.
“Carry allegedly bombarded a 15-year-old girl with vile, sexually explicit texts and repeatedly asked that she meet him for sex,” said Attorney General Porrino. “These allegations reveal a dangerous child predator who belongs in prison.”
“The allegations against Carry indicate that he poses a serious threat to young girls, and we are concerned that there may be other victims,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We urge anyone who might have information about predatory conduct by Carry to contact us confidentially. We are committed to protecting children from these crimes.”
“The obscene text messages that Carry allegedly sent to this child are sadly not uncommon amongst today’s sexual predators,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Hopefully cases like this will prompt parents to diligently monitor their children’s online activity, while giving pause to predators who just might be texting a trooper instead of a child.”
Attorney General Porrino urged anyone with information regarding another juvenile who may have been in contact with Philip Carry to contact the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit at (609) 584-5000, extension 5628.
Deputy Attorney General Joseph Remy presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau. Attorney General Porrino commended the members of the State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit for their investigation. He also thanked the State Police Trafficking Unit, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Belleville Police Department, and Fair Lawn Police Department for their valuable assistance.
Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Carry was lodged in the Bergen County Jail after his arrest in July 2015. He currently is free on $100,000 bail, with the condition that he have no contact with the victim or her family.
The indictment was handed up to Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier in Mercer County, who assigned the case to Bergen County, where Carry will be ordered to appear for arraignment at a later date.
Attorney General Porrino and Director Honig urged anyone who has information about the distribution of child pornography on the Internet or who suspects improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the Internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.
Robert M. Biagiotti, Esq., Hackensack, N.J.
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