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Police: Carbon County man arrested on child pornography charges

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, PA. - A Carbon County man was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, police said.

The Mahoning Township police department arrested Sean James Balint, 45, on charges of disseminating photo and film of child sex acts and child pornography.

A township police officer was contacted in late 2018 about a possible dissemination of child pornography case by the Washington, D.C. metropolitan police department, according to a police affidavit.

An undercover task officer as part of the Washington metropolitan police department-FBI Child Exploitation Task Force talked with a user with the online screen name "LehightonGuy."

LehightonGuy had been using a mobile application which allows users to send text messages and other content.

The user told the officer he had a picture of a little girl and asked if the officer wanted to trade pictures. The user sent the officer photos of a young girl.

A subpoena was served on the mobile application requesting subscriber identification information. Using the information, authorities identified the user as Balint.

Police served warrants on Balint's home and business. During an interview with police, Balint admitted he had sent nude pictures of the girl during conversations with other men on the mobile application.

Balint said he traded the little girl's pictures for photos of other children.

Balint is currently being held in Carbon County Prison after he was unable to post bail and will appear in court on Feb. 20 for a preliminary hearing.

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