A man from Mt. Vernon is accused of trying to meet a 14-year-old girl from Troy for a sexual encounter. Police say the girl’s mother looked at her daughter’s phone and noticed suspicious messages and contacted police. The man was allegedly using an anonymous app to contact the girl, although police do not believe the two met.
Charged with indecent solicitation of a child is 25-year-old Kevin W. Battas. Battas is held in the Madison County Jail on a $150,000 bond after his arrest on Wednesday. Battas is a high school math teacher at Mount Vernon Township High School. Police in Troy say the mother of the alleged victim contacted them on January 12, and showed officers the phone and messages from the Whisper app. Battas was also charged with grooming, for allegedly using a cell phone or smart phone to contact a minor. If found guilty Battas faces two to eight years in prison.