Vigilante helps NJ police bust accused child predator from PA
ATLANTIC CITY — Despite recent warnings against vigilante behavior, another “concerned citizen” was a part of a child sex luring arrest in Atlantic City, according to police.
A 65-year-old Pennsylvania man was busted on Tuesday night for trying to meet up with a 15-year-old boy for a sexual encounter, police said.
Gerald “Jerry” Colapinto of Yardley was arrested on charges of child luring/enticing a child after the citizen gave officers screenshots and other evidence of communication, Atlantic City police said.
The citizen had posed as a male teen that Colapinto arranged to meet before contacting police around 9:30 p.m.
Colapinto taught math at Holy Ghost Prep, an all-boys Catholic high school, in Pennsylvania for more than 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2020-21 academic year, according to the school’s social media account.
An apparent photo of Colapinto was removed from the Facebook page, following his arrest.
The confrontation was captured in a video posted to YouTube by a channel that offers “members only” footage, exposing alleged child sex predators. It has nearly 6,000 subscribers.
The video, dubbed “#85 HS Math Teacher Arrested Catch With Predator Catchers PA,” had been viewed over 9,000 times in just the first two days it was posted.
Anyone with additional information was urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766.
Information can also be anonymously texted to tip411 (847411). Senders should begin any text with ACPD.
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at email@example.com
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