A Canadian man made an initial court appearance on Friday on charges that he traveled to New Jersey for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor.

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53-year-old Patrick "T Ocean" John Anthony Coderre of Ontario, Canada, is charged with one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger's office says,

Law enforcement authorities have been investigating Coderre since March 2019 for child exploitation offenses. Two undercover officers using three identities communicated with Coderre via text message, email, and the messaging platform Telegram concerning Coderre’s desire for sexual encounters with young children. On Oct. 27, 2022, Coderre traveled from Canada to New Jersey to meet the undercover officers for what he believed would be a sexual encounter with one or more children at a hotel.

Following his court appearance, Coderre was ordered held without bail.

The charge that Coderre is facing could land him in jail for up to 30 years with a $250,000 fine.

Sellinger credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security and the New Jersey State Police for their work in this case.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

NJ 'perv' teachers, coaches busted in the past year through 2022

There have been a number of educators, coaches and private teachers facing criminal charges for sexual offenses around New Jersey this past year.

NJ teachers and educators caught in sex crime busts

Over the past few years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.

In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.

Others cases are still pending, including some court delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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