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August 05, 2016

N.Y. man arrested after driving to South Jersey for sex with 14-year-old

Crime Luring
080516_Stephen-Epolito Camden County Prosecutor’s Office/for PhillyVoice

Stephen Epolito, 37, of Syracuse.

A man from New York was arrested after driving to South Jersey to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.

Stephen Epolito, 37, of Syracuse, was charged with attempting to lure a child via electronic means to a meeting with the purpose of committing a criminal offense.

Epolito had engaged in online chats with undercover investigators, who were posing as a 14-year-old girl. He then drove from Syracuse to Gloucester City to meet the child for sex.

According to, Epolito was convicted in 2001 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in New York.

Epolito was sent to Camden County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Lt. Thomas Di Nunzio at (856) 225-8515 or Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Kimberlee Gautier at (856) 225-8682.