Man arrested after seeking sex from FBI agent posing as minor

In handcuffs, convicted sex offender Joel Kiessling is brought to the office of District Judge Christian Frey on Thursday to face charges of allegedly soliciting an undercover officer, posing as a 13-year-old girl, to engage in sexual acts. PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette

In dozens of conversations with whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl, convicted sex offender Joel Kiessling made numerous inappropriate sexual remarks and even sent her a photo electronically of his private parts, city police alleged in court papers.

The conversations began in late July and continued for the next three weeks, Agent Jason Bolt said.

Kiessling, 53, of 910 High St., allegedly made the inappropriate conversations with cellphones from his apartment, Bolt said, adding that officers executed a search warrant on Thursday at the apartment, seizing phones and other electronic material.

Kiessling asked the girl, who was in George, to take a bus to Pennsylvania and that he wound pick her up “so that we could be alone,” Bolt said in an affidavit.

Kiessling asked the girl “if she would let him get her pregnant,” Bolt said. Kiessling also asked the girl if she “wanted to see him naked,” the officer added. He also asked the girl if he could engage in sexual acts with her, Bolt alleged.

What Kiessling did not know was that the person he had been talking to was an undercover federal agent, Bolt said.

Convicted in 2000 of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Michigan, Kiessling came to police headquarters for questioning.

He was then taken before District Judge Christian Frey and arraigned on a total of eight felony charges, including three counts of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal solicitation to engage in statutory sexual assault and criminal solicitation to engage in involuntary deviate sexual assault.

“I would really like to get help,” Kiessling told Frey.

“This is something that I’ve had to deal with most of my life,” Kiessling said, referring to his alleged criminal activity.

He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $175,000 bail. If Kiessling is released, Frey ordered that he have no access to the internet and that he is never alone with a minor.