Woodbury Man Charged with Attempted Sexual Assault of Minor

Authorities say Mr. Christopher M. Costello, 45 of Woodbury, was arrested on October 4th 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.

Officials say in September, a detective from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office High-Tech Crimes Unit had online communications with Costello utilizing a dating application.

Officials say, Costello believed he was talking with a 14-year-old male and suggested meeting with the fictional teen to perform sexual acts.

According to officials, on Friday, October 4, 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.