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March 30, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director


John R. Hagerty


Burlington County Man Sentenced to 7 Years Incarceration for Attempting to Arrange Sexual Encounter with 14 Year-old Juvenile and Mother

Undercover Probe by DCJ Investigators Targeted Internet Sexual Predator

TRENTON -- Attorney General Peter C. Harvey announced that a Burlington County man has been sentenced to seven years incarceration after pleading guilty to charges of using the Internet to arrange a sexual encounter with an adult female and her 14 year-old daughter. The undercover Internet investigation was conducted by the Division of Criminal Justice - Computer Analysis & Technology Unit (CATU).

According to Vaughn L. McKoy, Director, Division of Criminal Justice, Preston Wayne Kell, 48, Pearl Street, Mount Holly, Burlington County, was sentenced today by Burlington County Superior Court Judge Marvin Schlosser to seven years in the New Jersey Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Avenel and to a concurrent four-year term after pleading guilty to attempted sexual assault and luring/enticing a child. Kell pleaded guilty on Oct. 19, 2004.

Director McKoy noted that Kell was charged via a State Grand Jury indictment returned on Nov. 6, 2003. The indictment alleged that over a three month period from May 6 to Aug. 7, 2003, Kell engaged in on-line conversations with an undercover state investigator assigned to the Division of Criminal Justice - Computer Analysis & Technology Unit. The indictment charged that while on-line, Kell openly advertised that he was seeking a mother who would have sex with him and then allow him to have sex with a juvenile daughter. The undercover state investigator, posing as an adult female with a 14 year-old daughter, arranged to meet Kell in a Mercer County, New Jersey, park for the purpose of having sexual relations. On Aug. 7, 2003, Kell arrived at the meeting location expecting to have sex with the mother and daughter and was arrested by undercover state investigators. At the time of the arrest, state investigators recovered numerous sexual devices and toys. Additionally, state investigators obtained a court authorized search warrant and seized Kell’s computer and related electronic equipment.

The initial investigation was forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice - Computer Analysis & Technology Unit, by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Center had received complaints regarding Kell’s alleged activities and forwarded the complaints to the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. The investigation was coordinated by Supervising State Investigator Wendy Boles and State Investigator Rosario Zito assigned to the Division of Criminal Justice - Computer Analysis & Technology Unit. Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Sharp prosecuted the case.

Criminal Justice Director McKoy noted that the Division of Criminal Justice - Computer Analysis & Technology Unit employs a team of specially-trained state investigators who go on-line to track, investigate, arrest and prosecute individuals who use technology and computer systems to commit criminal acts in New Jersey. As part of their continuing investigative responsibilities, undercover state investigators patrol various chat rooms where potential sexual predators seek to engage juveniles in conversation and to ultimately lure a targeted juvenile to a sexual encounter.

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