Pringle man charged with soliciting sex from minor

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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KINGSTON — A man from Pringle was arrested when he arrived at a location in Kingston under the belief he was meeting a 14-year-old boy for sex, according to court documents.

Michael A. Laton Jr., 33, of Hoyt Street, showed up at the location at about 4 p.m. Monday when he was greeted by undercover agents from the state Attorney General’s Office.

Laton is the fourth person to be arrested by state agents in recent weeks on charges they solicited sex from minors on social media.

According to a criminal complaint:

Laton met who he believed as 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 boy, which he acknowledged. Laton told the boy he was 33.

During an interview with state agents, Laton admitted he was meeting a 14-year-old boy he solicited for sex. He claimed he used the same social media app to meet other men, 18- to 19-year-olds, for sex.

Laton claimed he was only going to talk to the 14-year-old, and knew it was wrong to solicit sex from a minor.

Laton was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Forty Fort on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal use of a communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

The other recent arrests by state agents:

• Joseph V. Walsh, 61, of Fulton Street, Pittston, was charged with soliciting sex from a 14-year-old boy on April 25.

• Renchie Rojo Cainglet, 34, of Heisz Street, Edwardsville, was arrested April 24 when he arrived at a location to have sex with a fictitious 14-year-old boy, police say.l

• Ryan Edward Brislin, 35, of Willow Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested April 20 when he allegedly showed up to meet a fictitious 14-year-old girl.


By Ed Lewis

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