Thu, Feb. 27

'Yavapai 6' defendant Balys moves for dismissal

PRESCOTT - Jeffrey Balys, accused in an online sex sting of chatting with a detective he thought was a young girl, is accusing the prosecution of failing to preserve some of his conversations, and will get a new judge partly as a result.

Balys, 47, is the most outspoken of the so-called Yavapai Six defendants accused of online sex chats with an undercover Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy, wants a jury trial.

He is facing four counts of luring a child for sexual exploitation and one count of aggravated luring. Balys was arrested after 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 in January 2011, and that he wanted to set up a meeting with the girl she was portraying.

His attorney, Matt Cochran, has filed a motion to dismiss the case because Edgerton cannot produce part of the online chats, which Balys argues would bolster his claims that he was entrapped and tried to get "Chrissy," Edgerton's character, to leave him alone.

Faced with further motions, Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley said that her caseload was "too full" to allow her to hear a Verde Valley case - Balys was arrested in Cordes Junction - and ordered it be moved back to the Verde.

She vacated the planned July 17 start date for his trial. He's currently out on $15,000 bond.

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