YouTubers posing as young boy online help police nab Hammonton man

Authorities say a 53-year-old man from Hammonton arrived to a hotel in Egg Harbor Township expecting to meet a 15-year-old boy, but instead was confronted by YouTube vigilantes who pose as children online to catch predators.

News 12 Staff

Jul 29, 2022, 12:08 PM

Updated 685 days ago

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Authorities say a 53-year-old man from Hammonton arrived to a hotel in Egg Harbor Township expecting to meet a 15-year-old boy, but instead was confronted by YouTube vigilantes who pose as children online to catch predators.
Police fielded a report Sunday around 8 p.m. of an adult male attempting to meet up with a juvenile. The report was made by two civilian complainants who operate a YouTube channel. The duo poses as juveniles on the internet for the purpose of catching child predators.
Police say the duo posed as a 15-year-old boy and made plans to meet up with Raymond Effinger Jr., 53, at a hotel for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. Once he arrived at the hotel, the duo recorded the interaction before Effinger Jr. drove away. Efforts to have him turn himself in were unsuccessful. Effinger Jr. was located Wednesday evening and arrested.
He was later lodged in the Atlantic County Justice facility pending court appearances.
Anyone with additional information is asked to email CID@ehtpd.com or call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/.


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