A convicted sex offender was caught sneaking photos of a young boy in a store restroom in Stafford Township, according to local police.

Christopher Dinverno, 39, of Barnegat, is facing multiple charges.

It was a parent of a 7-year-old boy who told police Dinverno was in the restroom of the Costco in Stafford at the same time as the child. According to the police, Dinverno was trying to take photos from under a bathroom stall while the boy was in the stall.

When police arrived at the store, Dinverno had already left.

According to a statement on Facebook, Costco management helped to positively identify Dinverno.

Officers found him a short time later at the Stafford Diner and took him into custody.

After being taken to the police station for questioning, Diverno was charged with invasion of privacy and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police identified Dinverno as a convicted sex offender who is subject to Community Supervision for Life under Megan’s Law.

A search of the New Jersey State Police Sex Offender Registry did not turn up any specific information about the crime or crimes Dinverno was convicted of or whether that crime involved a child.

He remains held at the Ocean County Jail pending a hearing.

Eric Scott is the senior political director and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at eric.scott@townsquaremedia.com

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