Predators using online games to target children, report says

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According to a report by, arrests of child predators have not just been made through hook-up apps like Tinder or Grindr – but also through apps like Kik, Wishbone, Tumblr, and even video games like Fortnite, Minecraft and Discord.

The New Jersey State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force trains its detectives to maintain profiles on dating and hookup apps, social apps, and even online video games.

According to, 24 men were arrested earlier this week after the New Jersey Attorney General’s office announced that the group of alleged predators were trying to lure minors into sex by communicating with them on various apps.

The men reportedly thought they were talking with 14 and 15-year-old boys and girls – but instead they were talking to authorities.

One of the 24 men arrested was a police sergeant, 47-year-old Richard Conte with the Howell Township Police Department. He has since been suspended.

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(This story was originally published September 26, 2018)

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