WILKES-BARRE – A Kingston teenager arrested on two separate child sex cases has pledged guilty in both cases, court records show.
19-year-old Chance Alba pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse, dissemination of obscene materials to minors and three cases of illegal contact with minors related to the two cases on Monday before the President of the Lucerne District, Judge Michael T. Vough, to have committed.
Alba was first charged in December 2019 when agents from the Attorney General’s Office accused him of not communicating online with someone he believed was a 13-year-old boy whom he asked for sexual acts.
However, the boy was actually a state agent.
The agent was working covertly online and began communicating with a man using the screen name “18”.
In the course of the online communication, the agent stated several times that he was 13 years old when Alba asked for sex and offered to “meet anywhere,” according to the complaint.
Alba reportedly changed his age to 16 in hopes of luring someone he believed was a 13-year-old boy.
Arrangements were made for Alba to meet the boy, but he was taken into custody when he arrived at the predetermined location.
Then, in February 2020, he was charged with additional charges after a boy’s mother came to the Kingston Police Department and said Alba had had inappropriate contact with her son.
According to the mother, Alba met her children in July and claimed to be 14 years old.
After Alba became friends, she sent her son a photo of his penis.
Other alleged victims told investigators that Alba had sent them nude photos, claiming he had pressured them to respond with their own nude photos.
Another alleged victim said Alba would contact him via either Snapchat or the chat feature in Fortnite, constantly asking the boy to come over his house. The boy eventually did and played video games.
Alba allegedly allowed the boy to try his vape and then tried to blackmail him. He said he would tell the boy’s parents that he would have vaped if he hadn’t stayed at his house any longer.
Alba then allegedly touched the boy’s penis with his mouth.
A third victim told investigators that Alba said he had oral sex with a 13- or 14-year-old.
Vough planned Alba’s conviction on June 11 and ordered his bail to be waived. He will remain in the county jail until he is sentenced.