A Jersey City man was arrested this morning and charged with several counts of endangering the welfare of a minor after he initiated an inappropriate online relationship with a teenage girl from Union County, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
Paul Kleinman (D.O.B. 06/11/79) of Dudley Street, in Jersey City is currently charged with one count of 2nd degree Luring, one count of 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a minor and one count of 3rd degree endangering the welfare of a minor.
According to the investigation, Kleinman first contacted a 15-year-old girl on the website MeetMe.Com on September 29, 2012. The defendant claimed to be 26-years-old and proceeded to contact the victim on her Facebook page and obtained her phone number, said Romankow. The defendant began asking the victim to send naked photographs of herself and to meet him to have sex.
The victim’s parent discovered the messages and reported it to their local police department on Oct. 1, said Romankow. Detectives Rich Gregory and Paul Han of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Sgt. Ted Dima of the Roselle Park Police Department continued with the investigation during which Kleinman sent nude photographs of himself to the victim’s online account.
He was arrested at his home by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Roselle Park Police Department and taken to the Union County Jail. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
“The officers working this case put a strong amount of time and effort into the investigation and ensured the defendant did not have the opportunity to further victimize this victim and other children,” said Romankow.
This remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Paul Han at 908-965-3809 or Sgt. Ted Dima at 908-245-2300
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.