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Kearny Man Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Child in Raritan, According to Prosecutor's Office

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RARITAN, NJ - A Kearny man was arrested Jan. 18 on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Paulo Henrique Amorim, 26, was charged with third degree endangering the welfare of a child, and has been taken to Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, on Jan. 10, it was reported to the Raritan Borough Police Department that Amorim had exchanged Instagram account names with a minor under the age of 14 while working as a photographer/videographer at a martial arts event. After the event, Robertson said, Amorim began communicating with the minor through Instagram.

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As a result of the investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and the Raritan Borough Police Department, Robertson said, it was determined that Amorim had been communicating with the minor through Instagram, and the conversations were of a sexual nature.

On Jan. 18, Robertson said, Amorim was found in Kearny, and he was taken to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office in Somerville. Amorim was arrested without incident.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Raritan Borough Police Department at 908-725-6700. Tipsters can call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org.

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