Man, 55, Charged With Seducing 12-Year-Old Girl At Ocean County Library Branch

A 55-year-old man was arrested Saturday for stalking, and trying to seduce a 12-year-old girl at the Stafford Township branch of the Ocean County Library, police said.

Mark E. Allan of Tuckerton was charged with second-degree luring or enticing a child, and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

The Stafford Township Police Department made the arrest in conjunction with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Special Victim’s Unit.

On Friday, Stafford Police responded to the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on Route 9 in Manahawkin, after a 12 year old female reported that an older man had been following her around and passed her an inappropriate message, along with his phone number.

Stafford Township Detectives Drew Smith, along with Investigator Jay Steele of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office conducted an undercover operation posing as the 12-year-old victim.

During the operation, the suspect communicated with the undercover officers, at which time he planned to meet the victim alone at a predetermined location, police said.

When the suspect arrived to meet the 12-year-old girl, he was instead greeted by the 6’0 230 lb undercover male officer, who apprehended the suspect without incident.

Allan was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail set by Superior Court Judge Gizinski, with a future court appearance, yet to be set in Ocean County Superior Court.

Stafford Township Patrol Division, and Stafford Township Drug Enforcement Unit assisted in the investigation.
Cindy Habig February 09, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Very brave little girl!!!!!! Lock him up!
grace February 09, 2014 at 06:41 PM
@ linda baloney i too love the library but our friends @ chief and lets get real are correct re; the types who go there..and no one does anything.. so when you hear 'whats that smell 'i guess just ignore it
BarbaraNJ February 09, 2014 at 09:46 PM
absolutely disgusting
Brenda Ann February 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
The library is one of our greatest resources for our people, young and old. My daughter is on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and loves volunteering at the various events at the LEHT branch. Perhaps a security officer needs to be assigned to the different locations when young people will be visiting, after school, weekends abd evenings. If someone is there and not reading or doing some sort of research, they should be asked to leave. If they are homeless and trying to get warm, perhaps they can create a spot for them to sit. Parents, teach your children to be aware of the fact that there are sick people in this world. Its not as safe as it was when I was a child. But we can't avoid the library because of this incident. And to the young girl that acted so bravely and told the first adult she could, you are my hero. You probably saved a lot of other young girls that may not be so knowledgeable and as brave as you are, my hero.
Berkeley Lifer February 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM
This dude looks like Nick Nolte on a bender! Rehabilitation hardly ever works with these bottom feeders.Liquidate these scums for good!
KC February 10, 2014 at 01:40 AM
Our kids have nowhere to go. Hell, adults have nowhere to go. What a sorry wasteland!
can February 10, 2014 at 06:57 AM
you guys are pathetic. cry me a river.....
Dame Bridgid February 10, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Sick freak. Sadly, this guy will not see any significant jail time & the next child might not be as lucky.
JOHN DILLMAR February 10, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Last time I heard the liberals said everybody, including all idiots from society, are to be given permission to go to library. By the way KC give your kids some jobs to do around the house when school is out.
proudnot2bliberal February 10, 2014 at 07:37 AM
RE John Dillmar I agree 150% kids today have no responsibility! When I was 10 I mowed lawns, shoveled snow & did odd jobs around the neighborhood for money. Mommy & daddy did buy me everything under the sun & we werent allowed to roam the neighborhood all day w/o letting them know where were were or going. Even my nephews who are 23-28 worked for money even tho their parents had very good jobs. Its called self-reliance & responsibility 2 dirty words in todays society that embraces POS like the perv arrested in Berkeley & t the smelly bums that are in the Toms River library.
Bess B February 10, 2014 at 07:45 AM
ick! nasty man! SO glad that girl reported him and stood up for herself by going to the proper authorities!
Dame Bridgid February 10, 2014 at 07:58 AM
In my opinion; the fact that he slipped that child a note rather than approaching her openly strongly indicates he knew she was underage. This guy is 55 years old, Heywood Jablomey! He was trying to entice a pre-teen young enough to be his grandchild! This is not Pakistan... Where guys his age marry & start tupping a girl at age 9!
Andy Pat February 10, 2014 at 08:28 AM
John Dillmar-liberals did not give permission for all idiots to go to the library. The libraries are taxpayer funded and open to everyone. Legislators and judges right up to the SCOTUS give us permission to use the library. On what basis would YOU have denied this man access to the library (assuming he does not have a past conviction for this type of thing)? Also kudos to the young girl for alerting an adult. As for this creep looks like he'll be spending a lot of time in the prison library.
JG February 10, 2014 at 09:51 AM
post there pictures like Americas most wanted, so our innocent know what these jerks look like and yes if other inmates know this they can give them the business, but we must protect them, so they need to in a hospital getting treatment and when they release them and they don't take there meds , they get right back to there old ways . So if they are on probation all there life and have to prove on there visits they are under Doctors care and on there meds or counseling they remain free it should be a condition of there probation, otherwise lock them back up to protect people .
christine whitley February 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM
I have a 12 year old daughter and sadly, she is often ogled at the boardwalk, walking home from school, etc. My daughter is tiny, she still has the body f a CHILD, keyword, CHILD! This shit---- scumbag is lucky this was not my daughter with me being present at the library because he would have been taken out of the library on a stretcher. He and his fellow pedophile chester molesters should never be allowed to post bail. One of this guys friends if he has any, or family members will post bail, and because he is now pissed at every young girl out there; he will succeed at his attempt at rape this time as he WILL do this again.I just hope that the parents of the poor kid this happens to take the matter into their own hands and give him the punishment that he deserves.There is no justice for the victim in these crimes, and, I have seen weed smokers spend more time in jail than a child rapist. As for the dirty F----- up old men out there lookilng at my daughter, I pity u the day when I am there to witness this, hurt me, I can deal, hurt my daughter or any one of my children, and I will deal with you!
Heywood February 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM
@ christine whilley, if your young daughter is attracting this much unwanted attention, is it possible that you're dressing her inappropriately for her age? Remember too that the bogeyman persona of the pervert, such as this Mr Allan, is too often overshadowed by the reality of the molester coming from within the victims own family, mother's boyfriends, etc.
christine whitley February 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Hello Heywood, aka Mr Allen's associate, not that your opinion matters, but would a hoodie, jeans and boots along with the fresh non made up face of my 12 year old be deemed appropriate according to you? Sounds like you are blaming the victims of these crimes and making excuses for your friend Mr Allen! As for the "boogeyman persona, my 7 children with the oldest being 34 and the youngest being 12; they have been taught by myself and others that their is no boogeyman persona, a child predator could be anyone including the librarian herself for all we know. My kids don't trust anybody until they have been properly introduced by an adult that they know and trust! Even then, If my kids feel uncomfortable, they trust their instincts and leave
Amy February 10, 2014 at 01:01 PM
My daughter is almost twelve and I will be showing her this article when she gets home. Good thing she knew enough to alert someone to it..every family has a different approach at parenting and I have to say I don't know that my twelve year old would be at the library, or anywhere in public, by herself. Because of sick people like this our world is a scary place, that is obvious. No more 'go outside and play' or 'ride your bike to the park' but if my keeping my eye on her keeps her safe from these sick individuals than that's what I'll do. The article doesn't say whether she was alone or with a parent, please don't think I'm being critical of their situation. They must have been terrified. Smart girl for speaking up!
Mare February 10, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Liberal or conservative, no one is saying he should be allowed around children, in the Library or any other place children frequent! He should be banned. This isn't a political issue, it's a criminal issue. Conservatives don't like havng their children accosted anymore than Liberals like it.
Dame Bridgid February 10, 2014 at 02:47 PM
@Heywood, A child could be covered modestly & still attract the attention of one of these prowling creeps. I have actually seen something similar happen before. That particular kid looked even younger than 12 years old, plus she was covered from head to toe in loose clothing. The perv went after her anyway.
Dame Bridgid February 10, 2014 at 03:02 PM
I just wish I could have seen the creep's face when he wound up meeting his new "girlfriend" ..... A 6' tall 230lb policeman! Good job officer! Kudos to your team for the sting!
Heywood February 10, 2014 at 03:06 PM
@ christine, it must be a busy father's day at your house.
Andy Pat February 10, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Heywood J- So your position is that maybe Mom brought this on by inappropriately dressing her 12 year old. Quite the assumption on your part. Also 12 year old girls walk around in bikinis in the summer. This in no way permits or ameliorates the actions of a sexual predator. With your way of thinking, I would hate to have you as a relative, friend, or neighbor. If i knew your real identity, i would be checking Megan's list for your name right now.
Heywood February 10, 2014 at 04:16 PM
@Andy Pat, I was merely responding to christine willey's statement that her 12 yo daughter, "is often ogled at the boardwalk, walking home from school, etc." This just seems strange to me that there are that many perverts around and no, I'm not one of them.
lillian ziemba February 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Parents hold your precious children close, too many sickos around, they should be locked away and the key thrown away, they never get better. I know what the fathers of these victims should do, they could be left alone with dad in a dark alley for 15 minutes.
The Peoples Champ February 12, 2014 at 01:14 AM
Linny February 14, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Thank you THank you Thank you for getting another scum of the earth off the streets.. Our children aren*t safe anywhere .. This was one brave little girl.. Parents please please teach your children about these disgusting preditors so their lives may be spared.. And the Peoples Champ.. you said it all.. he is a BASTARD
Genrl Quarters February 15, 2014 at 03:25 PM
@ christine whitley....stop exaggerating to make a point....nobody has a 34 year-old and a 12 year-old...
JMAR February 28, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Nick Nolte on a bender? Isnt that an oxymoron?
Amanda Davis Reeves March 09, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Point Boro library used to have a ton of pervs looking at porn on their computers...this was like 15 yes ago.


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