CAMDEN — An Atlantic City man was charged with luring Tuesday after the 14-year-old boy he was chatting with online turned out to be an undercover federal agent.

Howard Brown, 56, who is also charged with attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted sexual assault on a minor and attempted endangering the welfare of a child, was arrested after he drove to the Camden waterfront to meet who he believed was the child but was met by police instead, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.

On April 11, Brown reached out to a Homeland Security Investigations special agent working with the Prosecutor’s High-Tech Crimes Unit, believing she was a 14-year-old boy, according to the release.

Their conversations led to planning a meeting “to allegedly engage in sexual activity,” according to the release.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Brown was arrested, and a “digital device” that was in his possession was seized and taken for analysis.

Brown was taken to the Camden County jail pending a detention hearing.

The release said Brown is employed at Avalon Tile in Egg Harbor Township. A call to the company’s corporate office was not returned.

The investigation was conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office High-Tech Crimes Unit, assisted by the Camden County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Cherry Hill Office.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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