Police: Man tried to trade nude photos of girl, 9
A Mahoning Township man is charged with sending an undercover officer nude photos he took of a 9-year-old girl.
Sean James Balint, of Lynwood Drive, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges of disseminating photos of child sex acts and child pornography.
The Washington, D.C., Metro Police Department contacted Mahoning Township Police in late December with information about possible child abuse.
An undercover officer with the department’s Child Exploitation Task Force had been in contact with a man known as “LehightonGuy,” on Kik, a free cellphone messaging app where users can send videos to other users and groups of users.
Officers were able to trace the account to Balint through the Google email address and IP address he used to set up the Kik account.
According to court records, Balint said he had pictures he had taken of a 9-year-old girl and wanted to trade for other pictures with someone who had photos of a girl who was 11 years old.
He said he had previously exchanged the photos with another man who had taken pictures of another child.
Balint is reported to have said, “I delete pretty often so wife won’t see them.”
Court records say he bragged to the officer about sexually abusing the girl from the time she was an infant.
He was unable to post bail and was sent to Carbon County Correctional Facility. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20 in front of Magisterial District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek.