Correction: Luring Charge-Officer story
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — In a story Sept. 11 about a New Jersey police officer accused of trying to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex, The Associated Press reported erroneously the police department where he works. The officer works for Howell police, not Hopewell police.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Police officer charged with trying to lure teen for sex
New Jersey police officer who authorities say attempted to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex is released from jail
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer accused of trying to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex has been released from jail.
The judge ordered 47-year-old Howell Sgt. Richard Conte released Tuesday with the condition that he can only leave his home for court appearances and doctor’s appointments.
Conte was charged with second-degree attempted luring Sept. 6 after authorities say he tried to meet the girl in Toms River. The girl was actually an undercover police detective.
Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick says Conte has been suspended without pay.
Conte has served in the police force since 1997, and he previously was the volunteer fire chief for the South Wall Fire Department.
His attorney could not be reached for comment.