SOMERVILLE — A Jefferson man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly exposed his genitals over the Internet while chatting with undercover detectives posing as a 12-year-old girl.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Computer Crimes Unit posed as a 12-year-old girl and communicated with Justin Burke, 37, of the Oak Ridge section of Jefferson, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. While engaging with the detectives, Burke used a webcam and exposed his penis online, Soriano said. in his home by members of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Somerset County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson Township Police Department.
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Others utilize the freemium revenue model, offering free registration and use, with optional, paid, premium services.
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