October 7, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chief Thomas Gilbert - PIO - GCPO
Re: Child Exploitation Arrest
Christopher M. Costello (DOB 01/18/1975) of Woodbury, NJ, was arrested on October 4, 2019, and charged with one count of attempted sexual assault (2nd Degree) and one count of attempted criminal sexual contact (4th Degree), Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore announced.
In September, a detective from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office (GCPO) High-Tech Crimes Unit had online communications with Costello utilizing a dating application. Costello believed he was talking with a 14-year-old male and suggested meeting with the fictional teen to perform sexual acts.
On Friday, October 4, 2019, Costello arranged to meet the fictional teen in Woodbury to perform sexual acts. When Costello arrived to pick up the fictional teen, detectives from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and Woodbury Police Department arrested Costello.
Costello was transported to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, where he was processed and subsequently lodged in the Salem County Jail on the strength of a complaint-warrant, pending a detention hearing.
Detectives from the GCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit were assisted by the Woodbury City Police Department.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of their rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State Law.