Hamilton man tried to meet “15-year-old girl”

HAMILTON (Mercer) – An investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children unit within the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a township man who allegedly tried to catch a girl he believed be 15 years old.

Francis Frobose, 26, is charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted luring, attempted sexual assault and attempted to endanger the well-being of a child.

Frobose was taken into custody without incident on October 28 during an undercover operation. Authorities tracked Frobose from his home to a location where Frobose intended to meet a girl he was chatting with online, authorities said.

But he never really had a conversation with a minor. In fact, more than 100 messages were exchanged between Frobose and ICAC detectives, the prosecutor’s office said. During the conversation, Frobose described the sexual acts that were to be committed and arranged a meeting.

“I want the people of Mercer County to know that we are out there online, protecting our children,” said Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. “This year alone, the ICAC task force has conducted 180 investigations into child pornography, the exploitation of children and the luring of minors to engage in illicit sexual activity.

Twenty-nine people have been charged this year, Onofri added, with more than 100,000 child pornography images and videos recovered.

Those with information relating to these types of crimes are urged to contact the ICAC at 609-989-6568 or the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force information line at 888-648-6007.

Contact reporter Dino Flammia at [email protected]

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