Arrest in child lurings case

January 10, 2008 1:37:39 PM PST
Authorities have arrested a suspect wanted in one of a series of attempted child lurings.

Police said Robert White, 30, of the 3700 block of Drexel Avenue in Pennsauken was charged with 4th degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child in connection with a Dec. 18 incident. White is accused of following a 16-year-old to McGraw School about 8:20 a.m. on December 18. While walking with the girl, police said he repeatedly asked her inappropriate questions and offered to walk her to school.

White was brought into the Camden County Prosecutor's Office for questioning and subsequently arrested. He has since been released after paying 10 percent of a $2,500 bail. He will likely be sentenced to probation if convicted.

The December 18th incident was one of nine from October to December being investigated by authorities in Camden.

A composite sketch of a suspect in another incident on December 26th was also released today.

In that incident, a man attacked a twelve-year-old African-American girl at 9:00 p.m. on 31st Street and Highland Avenue. The assailant dragged her into a dark sedan and sexually assaulted her by forcing her to perform a sexual act and through touching.

The suspect is described as an African-American age 25 to 30, with a heavy build estimated at about 210 to 220 pounds. It is under investigation whether the composite fits the description of suspects in other incidents.

With an arrest in one incident and a suspect being sought in another, authorities are reminding parents that there are likely several men responsible for the recent spate of child-related crimes in Camden. Children should always keep parents apprised of their whereabouts, should walk in groups and not talk to strangers.

Anyone with information in any of the incidents is urged to contact Camden Police Det. Ava Berry at (856) 757-7271 or Camden County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Amy Pisano, (856) 580-6061.