Filipino nurse among 24 alleged child predators nabbed in NJ sting
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey – Police arrested 24 alleged child predators, including a male Filipino nurse, in a multi-agency sting operation, New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Sept. 18.
“Operation Open House,” targeted men who allegedly tried to lure underage boys and girls for sexual activity. The men were using social media platforms such as Kik, Skout, Whisper, and Grindr.
Christopher Vargas, 29, of Toms River, a registered nurse, believed he was meeting a 15-year-old boy.
The state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force kept profiles as the suspects approached 14- and 15-year-old boys or girls. Suspects chatted with undercover officers before setting up a meeting with their “prey.” They went to a house in Toms River where they were met by dozens of law enforcement officers and promptly arrested.
At the very least they face three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, at worst, five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.