MAN TRIES TO SET UP SEXUAL ENCOUNTER WITH JUVENILE

A Camden County man who entered a guilty plea on Sept. 27, 2010, was sentenced to five years in prison  for second-degree attempted sexual assault and second-degree attempted child luring for making Internet contact with an undercover Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
Vipulkumar Patel, 34, of Lindenwold, had several conversations with the “girl” online between March 3, 2009 and March 17, 2009, about sexual acts he wanted to do with her. He spoke about meeting her in Hamilton Township where he would pick her up and take her back to his home to have sex. Instead of meeting a girl, he was met by members of the Prosecutor’s Computer Crimes Unit and arrested without incident. He was indicted on April 6, 2010, according to Assistant Prosecutor Janet Gravitz.
The defendant’s family was in the courtroom. Prior to Patel being sentenced he apologized to his family for his actions. He said that he was glad that a real girl was not victimized that day.
Assistant Prosecutor Gravitz urged Superior Court Judge Michael Connor to sentence the defendant in accordance with the plea and not less as requested by defense counsel. She spoke of how detailed Patel was in conversations about the sexual acts they were going to do.
“He didn’t go online to meet a 25-year-old woman for a sexual relationship. He went after a 14-year-old child,” Assistant Prosecutor Gravitz said.

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