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Warminster Police: Weekend Child Luring Attempt a Prank

An Upper Southampton man has been cited for disorderly conduct after he drove up to a child and offered candy.

Warminster police have cited a 19-year-old Upper Southampton man for disorderly conduct following an investigation into a on Saturday afternoon.

Police say that Paul Joseph Smith, from the 200 block of Williams Drive in Upper Southampton, drove up to a child on Meadow Drive in Warminster and said, "Hey, buddy, do you want any candy?" and left the area when the child ran to the back of his house. After police tracked down Smith's gold van, he told officers that the incident was a prank and he had no intention of harming the child.

The citation will be filed with . As of this point, Warminster police believe this was an isolated incident.

Kevin J. Kennedy March 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I was only trying to point out that all these kids knew one another. This is not a case of stalking, child endangerment, luring or anything as nefarious as it's being characterized. I'm not blaming Mr Boyle for reporting the story, I'm simply pointing out that with a bit of investigation this story was not news worthy. Everyone involved here live within a three block radius of one another and Paul is at the 11 year old's neighbor every day over the past decade. I agree that what was said was not good judgment, but I wasn't there to have heard it. I do apologize to any one that was confused by my statement. Also, I'm not trying to hide anything, that is why I used my name.
Kevin J. Kennedy March 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
One last post: I would like to apologize and restate: All the kids in question had familiarity to one another but did not specifically know each other by name. We parents have spoken and we will settle any further discussions on this matter between ourselves.
Joe March 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Child's name? 19 is not a child and he deserves to have his name put out there. Just like if he store a candy bar from a 7/11 or got arrested for a DUI. Hopefully he has learned his lesson and can grow from this.
Lavender Green March 14, 2012 at 07:54 PM
When it comes to the safety there is no joking around. If a person is not smart enough to not do such an act then the person should be taught to speak correctly to children. People do not realize that some children are normally trusting and are normally surrounded by good, so when asked if they want a piece of candy by a stranger they should have a "red" flag go up. If the person who did this claims it was a joke they still need to be punished so they and others can remember that a child's safety is no laughing matter, sad that the powers that be have allowed this to go without consequences, sad that this person has not the sense to not joke about such issues, but kudos to the child for being the adult in all this.
linda March 16, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Wow.... I believe the author of this did the right thing in the beginning...19 is not a child and we as concerned township people have the right to know what the heck is going on in our community.This is how we take care of each other,so to speak! I feel really sorry for everyone involved,as this adult male ,assuming he was joking,should have thought before he spoke. The world we live in is a much different place today ...we all read the news... Now everyone is paying some sort of price..his parents,the child,the author of this story,the township people. Please stop lashing out on the people who were only trying to protect our children in the community. I could see how this "joke" could have turned into a heated argument between neighbors,thus the police being called out of anger. Even so,a comment like that is TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!

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