Lodi Man Accused of Stalking, Impersonating 18-Year-Old Woman on Sites
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Matthew J. Bolger Jr., 46, of Lodi, on charges of Stalking, Impersonation, and Cyber-Harassment.
According to authorities, today members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Bolger Jr.’s residence in connection with an investigation into fictitious social media accounts on dating and romance websites/applications impersonating an 18-year-old female.
The investigation revealed that the victim’s personal information was being used by Bolger Jr., who created and operated at least two online accounts for several months, portraying himself as the victim. On at least one occasion, Bolger Jr., made or attempted to make arrangements to meet a male stranger from the Internet while impersonating the victim and revealing the victim’s personal identifying information.
Officials say as a result of the investigation, police arrested and charged Bolger Jr., with one count of Stalking While On Probation, Impersonation, one count of Cyber-Harassment, and one count of Stalking.
According to authorities, Bolger Jr., is being held at the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.