WILKES-BARRE — A Pittston man was arrested on charges he solicited sex from a child, the third such arrest in Luzerne County within the last week by the state Attorney General’s office.
Agents say they arrested Joseph V. Walsh, 61, of Fulton Street, when he arrived at a location in Wilkes-Barre under the belief he was meeting a 14-year-old boy just before 7 p.m.
Walsh believed he was communicating with a boy on social media but it was actually an undercover agent with the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, authorities say.
Walsh was arraigned by District Judge James Haggerty in Kingston late Wednesday on three counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of criminal attempt to perform involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and a single count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.
Walsh is the third person from Luzerne County to be arrested on charges they solicited sex from a minor using social media.
Renchie Rojo Cainglet, 34, of Heisz Street, Edwardsville, was arrested Tuesday when he arrived at a location to meet a fictitious 14-year-old boy, and Ryan Edward Brislin, 35, of Willow Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested last Friday when he tried to meet a 14-year-old girl, police allege.
Cainglet, who was born in the Philippines, is a registered nurse at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, the Attorney General’s office stated.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Walsh:
Walsh met who he believed was a 14-year-old boy on social media and solicited sex. He was told through multiple communications he was conversing with a 14-year-old, which he acknowledged.
Walsh told the boy he was 48 and offered to teach the boy. “… I can show you the ropes,” he said, describing in graphic detail what he wanted to do.
After Walsh’s arrest, he told agents he met five or six men for sexual contact using the same social media app.