Sexual offender charged with online solicitation

KINGSTON – A state inmate and registered sex offender was charged on Tuesday with soliciting sex with a 15-year-old boy who turned out to be an adult male cooperating with police.

Michael Haye was arrested using the Zoom online platform at Greene State Correctional Institution.

Kingston District Judge James Haggerty set the bond at $ 75,000. But Hayle, 47, who last listed his address as Moosic Street in Scranton, said he was serving five months in prison for parole violation.

In 2011, Halye, who was living in Hazleton at the time, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for her guilty plea for unintentionally deviating from sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was also considered a sexually violent predator by the court.

The latest charges against Halye are all felonies, including unlawful contact with a minor for sexual purposes, solicitation to commit lawful sexual assault, and criminal use of a means of communication. His case was one of nine investigations conducted in October by Kingston Police which relied on evidence gathered by Luzerne County predator Receiver Musa Harris. Overall, since 2020, the department has arrested more than 30 adults for soliciting sex online from people they believed to be teenagers.

The complaint against Halye read:

Haye launched the online communication at 3:21 a.m. on July 21. They discussed a meeting to have sex and Haye provided the address of her Moosic Street apartment. Haye and the boy exchanged photos of their penises and Haye assured the boy that no one will know they have had sex.

“If there’s anyone around, call me daddy,” Haye told the boy.

Later that afternoon, they started texting about the meeting. Halye told the boy he was having a hernia operation on August 2 and “then NO SEX for at least a month after”. At Halye’s direction, the boy was to meet him at the house next door on Moosic Street.

The man cooperating with the police informed Halye of his arrival. The man approached Haye, who was on the porch looking towards the house next door and made an audio and video recording of their meeting.

After noticing that the boy hadn’t arrived, Halye started to walk back into the building. Halye said he wasn’t expecting anyone and had gone out to smoke a cigarette. Halye said he did not speak to anyone under the age of 18 and denied “trying to date anyone”.

When the man brought up specific information about his previous online conversation, Halye asked him if he could ‘forget it’, adding that this was the first time he had done so. Haye opened his phone and admitted the boy gave his age at 15. The man then asked Halye if he thought he had a problem with this. Halye replied “yes” and said he was getting rid of the app on his phone and it would never happen again.

The man asked someone to call 911 and Haye immediately entered the building.

Contact Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

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