UNION, NJ – New Jersey State Police officers arrested a Maryland man at a diner in Union for allegedly attempting to lure a 13-year old girl for the purpose of having a sexual encounter.

On Thursday, February 7, a State Police detective posed as a 13-year-old girl and communicated with Felix Jimenez-Romero, 36, of Hyattsville MD, using Skout, an online application. Detectives allege that Jimenez-Romero, knowing the victim’s age, suggested a meeting and offered compensation in exchange for sex.

During the undercover operation, detectives arranged a meeting with Jimenez-Romero at an unspecified diner in Union later that evening. When Jimenez-Romero arrived at the parking lot of the diner, detectives placed him under arrest.

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According to the New Jersey State Police, Jimenez-Romero was charged with luring/enticing a child, promoting prostitution of a minor, and attempted sexual assault. He was lodged in Union County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

The case will be prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice.  Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.