Whenever I hear about a cop being busted in some form of online sting I always assume that cops should recognize when they’re about to be busted. So, I’m either assuming wrong or even cops let the wrong head do the thinking for them.
For example, 48-year-old Richard Conte was a sergeant with the Howell Township police in New Jersey. He responded to an ad on a personal site that read “Down at my shore house for the week.. looking to meet new friends!:
Conte allegedly moved the conversation to mobile messaging app Kik where he is said to have gone by the username of ‘Ray Crusader’. That’s a worse fake name than Trench Reynolds, but I digress. The person Conte was communicating with said that they were a 15-year-old girl. Conte told her to say that she was 18 on Kik. Meanwhile, Conte was supposedly pretending to be 19. Conte allegedly used Kik on his work phone where he told the teen he wanted to get naked with her.
Of course, you can already guess that the girl was actually another police officer except they worked for the Toms River Police Department who arrested Conte when he showed up for the predetermined rendezvous.
Conte was recently indicted on charges of luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child and attempted sexual contact with a victim age 13 to 15. He has been suspended without pay.