Cop busted by ‘concerned citizens’ in NJ underage sex sting

A Pennsylvania police officer was busted in an underage sex sting carried out by a gaggle of “concerned citizens” posing as youngsters, police stated.

Clifford Horn, a 54-year-old corporal for the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, had little to say when approached in Atlantic City, New Jersey Sunday by a person who runs Colorado Ped Patrol — a gaggle that makes an attempt to nab youngster predators, video shows.

“We’re just having a conversation with a gentleman trying to meet with a child,” Thomas Fellows of the vigilante group tells Horn because the officer was allegedly caught in the act.

“Your zipper’s down by the way,” Fellows continues. “You’re standing in front of the running car. We got your text messages. Listen man, you want to talk and tell us why you’re here?”

“I’m not trying to meet with a child,” replies Horn, who apparently stated his title was Matt in the purported texts.

The officer then begins to stroll away as Fellows urges him to “take accountability” for his actions.

He was later arrested by awaiting cops, video exhibits.

Clifford Horn
Clifford Horn was one in every of 4 males arrested for luring/engaging a toddler for sex.

Atlantic City police confirmed Horn’s arrest Sunday, saying in a statement he was amongst 4 males charged with luring/engaging a toddler by varied means following “assistance” from the general public.

“The concerned citizens were engaged in posing as underage children on various social media sites,” police stated. “They would confront the individual and notify law enforcement.”

Responding cops had been supplied screenshots of conversations between the suspects and the citizen group previous to their arrests, police stated.

Horn, of Chalfont, allegedly went onto Grindr to arrange a sex act with somebody he thought was a 14-year-old boy, sending a photograph of himself in his underwear, WPVI reported.

Fellows told the Philadelphia Inquirer he confronted Horn at a location that had been organized on-line hours earlier. He stated he was unaware that the person was a police officer, however suspected he was an legal professional.

“He was just too good,” Fellows instructed the newspaper. “He wouldn’t talk.”

Fellows, who began his group in April after one in every of his sons was sexually assaulted, stated he creates relationship app profiles posing as younger teen ladies or boys and waits for folks to reply. Meetings then normally happen inside hours, Fellows stated.

“They reach out to us,” he stated. “We never reach out to them.”

Clifford Horn was caught by the Colorado Red Patrol, a group that tries to catch child predators.
Clifford Horn was caught by the Colorado Ped Patrol, a gaggle that tries to catch youngster predators.

Horn and the three different males who had been arrested since Thursday on the identical cost had been launched on a summons, Atlantic City police stated.

The different suspects had been recognized as Jose Machuca, 51, of Hyattsville, Maryland; Sambatrimiaina Raminoson, 26, of Atlantic City; and Eugene Pulley, 49, of Philadelphia.

Horn was suspended late Monday with out pay efficient instantly, CBS Philadelphia reported.

A message left on a telephone listed in his title was not returned early Tuesday and it’s unclear if he’s employed an legal professional who might converse on his behalf.

Responding cops were provided screenshots of conversations between the suspects and the citizen group.
Responding cops had been supplied screenshots of conversations between the suspects and the citizen group.

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub stated Monday his workplace will begin evaluating all prison circumstances in which Cpl. Horn was concerned.

“Our office has assigned personnel to assist New Jersey authorities in any capacity, and to investigate and prosecute any criminal activity that may have occurred in Bucks County,” Weintraub said in a statement.

“This office protects all victims, regardless of whether the accused perpetrator is an officer of the law or not. No one is above the law.”

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