More luring attempts in Union County — Girls in 2 towns report being offered rides
At least two girls in two towns have reported being offered rides from strangers over the past week, police said.
The incidents come a year after a series of luring incidents across several communities in the county.
The first recent incident happened in Kenilworth on Sept. 11 when a 15-year-old said she was approached by a man in a vehicle who asked if she wanted a ride. The girl said she told the man "no" and walked away. She described the vehicle as being a dark sedan, possibly a Honda, and said the man had grey hair and was between the ages of 30 and 40.
Two days later a 12-year-old in Clark said she was approached by a man in a white sedan. She said the man was in his late 60s or early 70s with grayish/white hair. The man also reportedly asked the girl if she wanted a ride, and he was also denied.
The two encounters come almost a year after a former U.S. Marine recruiter was arrested in connection with a luring incident in Union County. Wade Phillips was arrested after police say he called three young children to his government vehicle and touched himself in front of them.
According to NJ.com, Phillips was indicted on three counts of second-degree sexual assault, three counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of third-degree lewdness. NJ.com reported his lawyer Brooke Barnett has said he may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which could have contributed to his behavior.
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