Area Man Faces Juvenile Luring Charges

Bryan W. Sanderson Photo/Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office
Bryan W. Sanderson
Photo/Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

A 24-year-old Middletown man has been arrested on charges in connection with the social media luring of a 14-year-old girl as authorities seek to identify other possible victims, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced in a released statement on Thursday.

Bryan W. Sanderson was arrested on Aug. 18 and charged with one count of second-degree luring a juvenile, two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree violation of parole supervision for life after he allegedly lured the teen girl via the social media meeting site Kik.

Sanderson is currently serving a sentence for a parole violation in the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown Township, but was expected to be transferred on Thursday to the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township. Sanderson will be held at Monmouth in lieu of $250,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, according to the release.

The background of the case as stated in the release … 

“The charges stem from a nearly year-long investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Parole Board, and the Union County Police Department, following a motor vehicle stop on Sept. 9, 2015, after Sanderson was found with an expired registration while parked in a no parking zone.

“Inside the car, police found Sanderson with a 14-year-old female. During their investigation, the Union County Police learned Sanderson was on Parole Supervision for Life as a result of a previous conviction.

“Police contacted state parole authorities advising them that Sanderson was in a car with a juvenile, prompting charges for a violation of his parole.

“A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of numerous images and videos considered child pornography on Sanderson’s cellphone.

“If convicted of luring a juvenile, Sanderson faces a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. If convicted of any of the third-degree offenses, Sanderson faces a sentence of three to five years in prison on each count.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Acquaviva of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 431-7160 ext. 2233.

“Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers’ confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text ‘MONMOUTH’ and their tip to 274637 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.”

— Edited press release from Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

John Caroli
BCS Wealth Management