Joseph Ambrosio, 41 of Wall Twp, Monmouth County was arrested this week for allegedly sending sexually graphic emails to undercover investigators acting as underage girls. The emails were allegedly sent from his work computer in Jersey City, where he worked as an assistant controller.
Ambrosio has been charged with attempted sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual contact, and child endangerment. Ambrosio’s arrest resulted from the work of a joint-investigation conducted by the Monmouth, Passaic and Morris County Prosecutor’s Offices and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.
Prosecutors say the emails and chats started early this year when undercover detectives posed as 12-year-old girls in Yahoo chat rooms. Ambrosio allegedly used the screen name NNNJGUY1971. He would enter the chat rooms in the afternoon, when young girls are likely to be online. The defendant was even allegedly seen by an undercover agent in his office sending such emails.
The suspect was initially lodged in the Passaic County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
He has been suspended from his job without pay and ordered by the court not to have any unsupervised contact with any child under 16 years-old. If convicted, Ambrosio faces up to nearly 17 years in prison. Prosecutors say they will soon present the case to a grand jury to seek an indictment, which will set in motion the formal legal proceedings against Ambrosio.
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