WILKES-BARRE — A Kingston man who was arrested for creating bogus personal profiles purporting to be from two teens seeking sex and trying to solicit sex from one teenage boy will be paroled next week after being sentenced Friday in Luzerne County on several cases.
Steven E. Brown, 28, was accused of the following, according to court documents:
• In March 2012, a 15-year-old male from Kingston reported being harassed online and by phone in response to a sexually explicit personal ad on the Craigslist website, which he did not create. The boy’s mother reported that adult men were coming to her home looking for her son for sexual encounters. The teen later admitted to investigators that he previously had met Brown via another site, gay.com, that Brown was aware the male was under age and that they had had sexual encounters, with the teen also sending Brown explicit photos. Police said they tracked the Craigslist ad to Brown. The top charge in this case was corruption of minors.
• In April 2012, Brown led state police on a chase along Interstate 81 into Lackawanna County after being informed he was armed, dangerous and suicidal. The chase ended in a crash in Scranton, with Brown taken into custody saying he “just wanted to die,” according to an affidavit.
• In November 2012, a 17-year-old male told police he was receiving harassing and explicit messages on his phone in relation to a Craigslist online personal ad which he claimed he did not create. Police said Brown sent several text messages and nude images of himself. In one message, he offered the teen $300 to let him perform sex acts on the juvenile. Brown admitted to police that he created the personal ad using the boy’s mobile number.
Court documents indicate that Brown is to be paroled on Tuesday, as the time imposed by Judge William Amesbury is less than the credit Brown had coming for time already served while the cases were in progress. He is to report immediately to probation.
Brown faces five years’ probation, may not have a cell phone or use the Internet without supervision, may have no contact with his victims or any minors, must cooperate with treatment and consent to a future Megan’s Law assessment hearing, as well as submitting palm-print and DNA samples. He also owes $500 to one of the people whose cars were struck during the chase.