The suspect was arrested after allegedly using the Internet to set up a sexual encounter with persons he believed to be a mother and her two young daughters.
According to a criminal complaint, Luke John Zelinsky, 51, of 2250 West Market Street, Pottsville posted a personal advertisement online allegedly seeking a sexual encounter with a mother and daughter or sisters. An undercover agent responded to the advertisement posing as a 39-year-old female with two daughters, ages 13 and 9.
Agents allege Zelinsky indicated through email and text messages his interest in engaging in sexual acts with the persons he believed to be the female minors. A meeting was set at a location in Pottsville, where Zelinsky was arrested. The arrest occurred July 25.
Zelinsky is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count each of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal use of a communication facility.
Zelinsky posted bond following a preliminary arraignment. He is tentatively scheduled to appear Aug. 4 for a preliminary hearing.
Zelinsky will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Child Predator Section.