TRENTON — Animal control services for many Hunterdon County communities was taken over by St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Mission after their animal officer was charged with having sex with a teenager in a park.

Princeton animal control officer Saul Nate Barson, 29, was charged with meeting a 13-year-old boy for sex at Pat Liverzey Park in Solesbury, Pennsylvania, in February after making initial contact via Snapchat.

He was arrested while inside  a truck registered to his company called Animal Control & Investigative Services that provided animal control for Alexandria, Bethlehem, Bloomsbury, Town of Clinton, East Amwell, Flemington, Franklin Township, Frenchtown, Hampton, High Bridge, Holland Township, Lambertville, Milford, Raritan Township and West Amwell in Hunterdon County. St. Hubert's will take over animal control and animal cruelty services for all those communities.

"We’re happy to help Hunterdon County and their community,” St. Hubert's President & CEO Heather Cammisa said in a statement. “Hunterdon County will not only receive our Animal Control and Cruelty investigative services, but the community will have access to our other resources as well.”

Cammisa said all stray animals will be brought to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in North Branch located on Route 22 in Somerville.

Berson was suspended without pay from his Princeton position. CentralJersey.com reported that Berson was also a backup school crossing guard in Princeton where many town employees serve in that role.

The reason for the change was not disclosed in the statement.

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Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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