WEST PITTSTON — A man serving a probation sentence for texting an illicit picture to a 15-year-old girl was arrested Monday on charges he attempted to coerce two girls to send him nude pictures of themselves..
John David Saul, 19, last known address as Luzerne Street, was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Carmody on three counts of criminal use of communication facility, two counts each of unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors, and one count of dissemination of sexual material. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.
Court records say Saul was sentenced to two years probation in July on a charge of dissemination of sexual material when he texted a nude picture of himself to a 15-year-old girl. The girl’s father intercepted the picture on her cellphone in October 2011, court records say.
According to the latest criminal complaint filed by Hanover Township police and Luzerne County detectives:
A 13-year-old girl in Hanover Township was using a computer on April 1 to message friends when Saul allegedly joined the conversation, telling the girl to send him nude pictures of herself.
The girl kept telling Saul “No,” at which time Saul told the girl he was going to “cave in the head” of her 16-year-old male friend from Ashley, whom they both know, if she did not send him the pictures he wanted.
The girl’s older sister told Saul during the conversation to leave them alone, calling him a “pervert” and a “creep,” the complaint says.
Investigators allege in the complaint that a 14-year-old girl reported Saul contacted her on a messaging service, asking her if she had a boyfriend and to send three pictures of herself to him.
The 16-year-old boy from Ashley told investigators that Saul may have retrieved the girls’ contact information from his cellphone.
Saul’s girlfriend told investigators he is attracted to young girls and it has caused problems in their relationship.