UNION — A Union Township man who works as an adoption specialist for the State Division of Children and Families was arrested at his home early this morning and charged with third degree endangering the welfare of a child, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
Frednel Lambert, 34, until recently also worked as a choir director for a Newark church, said Romankow.
An investigation was launched in September after a parent of the alleged victim contacted a Springfield Police Department with allegations that Lambert had been sending sexually charged messages to her 15-year-old son. The alleged chats, conducted through Facebook, took place over the course of a two-week period. Lambert met the teenage victim through the church, officials said.
Lambert is being held on $35,000 bail at the Union County Jail and faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the charge, authorities said.
Investigators are asking anyone with information related to the case to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Patricia Gusmano at 1-908-527-4589 or Springfield Police Detective. Det. Jim Mortin at 1-973-376-0400.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Lambert is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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