Feds: Canadian Man Traveled to NJ to Have Sex With Minor
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.
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.