September 5, 2008

Middlesex Lawmaker Caught in Sex Sting

A councilman from Middlesex County was arrested Thursday, accused of sending lewd messages and photographs over the Internet to an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl, Bergen County authorities said.

Thomas C. Bodall, 23, of Jamesburg, allegedly sent sexually explicit messages and digital photographs of his penis to the officer, posing as a 14-year-old, John L. Molinelli, Bergen County prosecutor, said. Bodall was arrested at his home without incident.

Bodall was elected last year to the borough council in Jamesburg, population 6,400. The borough's Web site identifies him as an employee of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the borough's "unofficial historian." The Cranbury Press credited Bodall with suggesting the borough's new slogan, unveiled last week "Jamesburg: Discover Our Charm."

Jamesburg's mayor, Anthony LaMantia, and council president, Otto Kostbar, did not return phone calls Thursday night.

Bodall is charged with five counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of attempted distribution of obscene material to a minor. He is being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack with bail set at $15,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 16 in municipal court in Bogota.

William Lamb

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