Vigilante helps Atlantic City police arrest accused child predator

ATLANTIC CITY — Despite recent warnings against vigilante behavior, another “worried citizen” was part of an arrest for child sex luring in Atlantic City, police say.

A 65-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested Tuesday night for attempting to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex, police said.

Yardley’s Gerald “Jerry” Colapinto was arrested for child luring/incitement of a child after the citizen gave officers screenshots and other communication evidence, Atlantic City police say .

The citizen had posed as a teenager whom Colapinto had arranged to meet before contacting the police around 9:30 p.m.

Colapinto taught math at Holy Ghost Prep, an all-boys Catholic high school, in Pennsylvania for more than 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year, according to the school’s social media account. .

An apparent photo of Colapinto was removed from the Facebook page following his arrest.

The confrontation was captured in a video posted to YouTube by a channel that features “members only” footage exposing the alleged child sex predators. She has nearly 6,000 subscribers.

The video, titled “#85 HS Math Teacher Arrested Catch With Predator Catchers PA”, has been viewed over 9,000 times in just the first two days of posting.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Atlantic City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section at 609-347-5766.

Information can also be texted anonymously to tip411 (847411). Senders must begin all text with ACPD.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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