ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey choir director was accused Thursday of sending sexually-charged messages to a teenage boy on Facebook.
Prosecutors said Frednel Lambert’s messages to the teenage boy on the social networking site were sexual in nature and strange.
“These were messages about his body and his personal habits and what happened was, this boy told his mother,” Union County Prosecutor Ted Romankow said. “He felt creeped out.”
Investigators said Lambert met the teenager at a Newark church, where he was a choir director. The 34-year-old was arrested Thursday at his home in Union after a three-month investigation.
“That’s just gross, very gross,” a neighbor told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
Lambert also works as an adoption specialist for the New Jersey Division of Children and Families. CBS 2 tried to get comment from people leaving his home in a car, but they sped away.
The Union County Prosecutor said Lambert is no longer with the church, which he did not name to protect the teenager.
“We’re asking the public if anyone else knows of any other incidents involving this man, please come forward and contact my office,” Romankow said.
CBS 2 also reached out to the Division of Children and Families and a spokesperson said they don’t comment on personnel matters.
Lambert is being held at the Union County jail on $35,000 bail. He could face five years behind bars if found guilty.
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