August 23, 2008

Mt. Lebanon Chemistry Teacher Charged in Online Sex Sting

A Mt. Lebanon High School chemistry teacher has been charged in an Internet sex sting.

Nicholas E. Salvo, 34, of Mt. Lebanon sent sexually explicit photos and videos to undercover agents whom he believed were a 14- year-old girl, the state attorney general announced this morning. He is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of attempted unlawful contact with a minor and two counts of criminal use of a computer.

Mt. Lebanon officials suspended Salvo, also a former tennis coach, pending further investigation, they said in a statement. They found out about the arrest through Attorney General Tom Corbett's news release today, and are banning Salvo from school property.

"I like younger girls," Salvo said in a message to an undercover agent from the attorney

general's Child Predator Unit, according to the attorney general's release.

He was arraigned in night court and placed in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon before Mt. Lebanon District Judge Blaise Larotonda.

Corbett's office has charged 13 people with Internet-related sex crimes in less than three months, part of a "notable increase in activity" by predators this summer, Corbett said in the release. Agents have changed 157 people with Internet-related sex crimes since the creation of the Child Predator Unit in January 2005.

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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