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Event Photographer Charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child

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Kearny resident Paulo Henrique Amorim, 26, has been charged with Endagering the Welfare of a Child, 3rd Degree. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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SOMERVILLE, NJ - An event photographer/videographer has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 3rd Degree, by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson identified the suspect as Paulo Henrique Amorim,  26, of Sanford Avenue, Kearny.

Robertson provided the following account:

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Raritan Borough police were informed that the suspect had exchanged Instagram account names with a minor under the age of 14 while working as a photographer/videographer at a martial arts event.

Shortly afterwards, the suspect began communicating with the minor.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and the Raritan Borough Police Department determined that Amorim's exchanges on Instagram with the minor were of a sexual nature.

The suspect was located in Kearny Jan. 18 by police, transported to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in Somerville, and subsequently arrested without incident.

He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

Robertson asks that anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Raritan Borough Police Department (908) 725-6700, or via the STOPit app by downloading the STOPit app to a smart phone at Google Play or at the Apple iTunes Store and enter the access code  SOMERSETNJ.

Tipsters can also call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE.” All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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