UNION COUNTY — A Jersey City man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with several counts of endangering the welfare of a minor after he allegedly initiated an inappropriate online relationship with a teenage girl from Union County, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
Paul Kleinman, 33, is currently charged with one count of second degree luring, one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a minor and one count of third degree endangering the welfare of a minor.
Investigators allege that Kleinman first contacted a 15-year-old girl on the website MeetMe.Com on Sept. 29. The defendant claimed to be 26-years-old and proceeded to contact the victim on her Facebook page and obtained her phone number, said Romankow. The defendant allegedly began asking the victim to send naked photographs of herself and to meet him to have sex.
The victim’s parent discovered the messages and reported it to their local police department on Oct. 1, said Romankow. Detectives Rich Gregory and Paul Han of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Sgt. Ted Dima of the Roselle Park Police Department continued with the investigation, during which Kleinman allegedly sent nude photographs of himself to the victim’s online account.
He was arrested at his home by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Roselle Park Police Department and taken to the Union County Jail. He was being held on $100,000 bail.
“The officers working this case put a strong amount of time and effort into the investigation and ensured the defendant did not have the opportunity to further victimize this victim and other children,” said Romankow.
This remains an active investigation. Authorities urge anyone with information to contact Det. Paul Han at 1-908-965-3809 or Sgt. Ted Dima at 1-908-245-2300
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.