Pittston man pleads guilty to contacting child for sex

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — A Pittston man has pleaded guilty to attempting to contact a child for sex.

Joseph Walsh, 61, entered the plea Thursday on two counts of attempting to commit involuntary deviant sexual assault and a count of criminal use of a communication facility.

According to state agents, Walsh was arrested April 25 when he arrived at a location in Wilkes-Barre, thinking he was meeting a 14-year-old boy for sex.

Walsh was communicating online with whom he thought was a boy, but it was actually an undercover agent with the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, court papers state.

Agents say Walsh told the boy he was 48 and also said “I can show you the ropes,” describing in detail the graphic things he wanted to do.

Walsh was also initially charged with three counts of unlawful contact with a minor, but those charges were withdrawn by prosecutors.

Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. scheduled Walsh’s sentencing for Oct. 25.

Records show he is free on $100,000 bail, having posted it on April 30.


By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan