Nanticoke Teen To Be Tried As Adult For After-school Rape
NANTICOKE — For the first time, an alleged juvenile rapist is being tried as an adult in Luzerne County, according to prosecutors.
Arnold Balz, now 18, of 28 Coal St., is accused of choking and raping a 15-year-old girl in his bedroom after school in February. Balz was 17 at the time of the assault and was initially charged as a juvenile, but prosecutors successfully got the case transferred to adult court.
“There were multiple factors in this defendant’s history that led us to believe that he would be incapable of rehabilitation in the juvenile system,” Assistant District Attorney Cara Solimine said. “Coupled with the serious nature of the crimes alleged, the office felt we had no choice but to move him to the adult system.”
According to the complaint, the girl agreed to go home with Balz the afternoon of Feb. 6 while she waited for her friend’s mother to get home.
The girl told police she believes Balz’s mother was in the kitchen, but that she and Balz went upstairs to watch television. The girl laid down on Balz’s bed while texting a friend, but then Balz began asking her to perform sexual acts on him, the complaint says.
The charges say Balz began choking the girl with one hand and bit her neck before getting on top of her.
Balz pulled the girl’s pants down and raped her as he choked her, while the girl told him she didn’t want to have sex, the complaint says. Afterward, the girl began crying and “freaking out” because Balz had not used a condom, police said.
Balz responded by yelling, “I have a job. I can take care of it,” the complaint says.
The girl told Balz she doesn’t want a child and left the house, according to police. She went to a friend’s house and reported the assault to her friends and step mother, according to the complaint.
Her step mother took her to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Twp. for an examination.
During questioning, Balz acknowledged having intercourse with the girl but he maintained it was consensual, police said. He also admitted putting his hand on her throat, but maintained he did not do it hard, police said.
Investigators charged Balz with forcible rape, sexual assault, indecent assault and strangulation. At a bail hearing Thursday, Luzerne County Judge William H. Amesbury released Balz on $80,000 unsecured bail over the objection of the prosecution.