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Men allegedly arranging sex with teens arrive to find police

The Pa. A.G.'s office arrested 5 over the weekend

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Investigators with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office arrested five men over the weekend who allegedly arranged to have sex with teenagers they met online.

Authorities made all five arrests Friday and Saturday in Bethlehem after an agent arranged to meet one man in the area of Long and Union streets, two men in the first block of West North Street and two more men in the 400 block of Wyandotte Street. The attorney general’s office arrested:

  • Scott A. Kinney, of Shakespeare Road in Bethlehem. Authorities charged the 53-year-old with unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal use of a communication device and statutory sexual assault. He’s being held after failing to post $200,000 bail.
  • Robert A. Saultz, of Manville in Somerset County, N.J. Authorities charged the 55-year-old with unlawful contact with a minor and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He’s being held after failing to post $200,000 bail.
  • Clifford W. Jones, of Wyandotte Street in Bethlehem. Authorities charged the 53-year-old with unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal use of a communication device and statutory sexual assault. He’s being held after failing to post $200,000 bail.
  • Brandon L. Souders, of Emaus Avenue in Allentown.  Authorities charged the 22-year-old with unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal use of a communication device. He’s being held after failing to post $125,000 bail.
  • Terry M. Hostetter, of East Fourth Street in Bethlehem. Authorities charged the 51-year-old with unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal use of a communication device. He’s being held after failing to post $200,000 bail.

In each case, the investigator was monitoring an undercover online profile that purported to be a 14-year-old. Authorities said four men allegedly contacted what they thought was a teenage girl and arranged meetings to have sex, according to court records. Authorities said Hostetter believed he was chatting with a 14-year-old boy.

Investigators allege they told the men several times they were communicating with a 14-year-old, but they continued messaging with the child and set up dates, times and locations to meet. Court records show the men sent sexually explicit messages of varying degrees. Kinney allegedly asked the girl to meet him at the door wearing underwear and a T-shirt, while Saultz said he would not bring condoms because he was “fixed,” according to records.

Upon their arrests, each man allegedly told investigators they knew it was wrong to arrange sex with underage girls. Kinney allegedly told authorities that it “was wrong and illegal and that he was bored and made terrible choices,” according to records.

All the charges the men face are felonies. District Judge Antonia Grifo, who arraigned each defendant, allowed for a 10 percent cash option, if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

She also ordered a combination of mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations for the defendants and prohibited them from possessing any device that gives them access to the internet should they post bail.

Each man was sent to Northampton County Prison to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Dec. 18, 19 or 20, based on their arrest dates.


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