2 New Jersey men admit tricking minors into sending sexual images

Federal prosecutors have announced that two men, including a convicted sex offender, have admitted to separately convincing minors to send them sexually explicit images online.

David Frew, 41, of Little Egg Harbor, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography and inciting a minor online to engage in criminal sexual behavior, according to US Attorney Philip Sellinger.

Frew was previously convicted in 2008 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey after sending sexually explicit photos or videos to investigators who posed as minors online.

Then in June 2017, Frew used an online messaging service to trick an underage victim into sending him sexually explicit images.

Separately, Angelo Curato, 30, of Manalapan, pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor online.

Over a five-month period ending in June 2017, prosecutors said Curato lied about his own identity while using an online chat app to convince a minor to engage in sexual activity.

For both men, the online incitement conviction means at least 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Due to his history as a sex offender, Frew also faces a minimum sentence of 15 years for child pornography.

Frew and Curato were to be sentenced, separately, at the end of November.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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