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Jeffrey Balys pleads guilty to 2011 sex crime, possession charges

Jeffrey Balys

Jeffrey Balys

CAMP VERDE - Jeffrey Balys, who was under indictment for child sex charges since 2011, pleaded guilty to three felony charges Thursday in Yavapai County Superior Court.

Balys, 49, was arrested after YCSO Detective Pam Edgerton, playing the role of a 13-year-old girl, said she had conducted several Internet chats of a sexual nature with Balys between January 2009 and January 2011, and that he wanted to set up a meeting with the girl she was portraying.

Prosecutors claim he had approximately 32 chat sessions with Edgerton in which he "offered or solicited to engage in various sexual acts with a person he believed to be 12 to 14 years of age," according to a statement released Friday by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

The county attorney explained Balys sent an explicit webcam image to Edgerton on Jan. 11, 2011, after which he was arrested at his Cordes Lakes home.

"During a search of the residence, sex toys, a substantial amount of pornography and a small bindle of methamphetamine were found in his home," Polk said.

Balys pleaded guilty to attempted luring a minor for sexual exploitation, furnishing harmful items to minors and possession of dangerous drugs, all class 4 felonies.

Polk said he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 1 before superior court Judge Michael Bluff.

Follow reporter Les Bowen on Twitter @NewsyLesBowen.

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