The 41-year-old owner of Palm Coast-based Surround Sound DJ and Party Bounces, a company that provides bounce houses and music for children’s parties, was arrested June 30 on charges of soliciting a child after he used a hookup app to arrange to meet a 15-year-old Orange City boy and offered to pay him $100 for sex.
The State Attorney's Office has since dropped all charges against Pintek associated with this arrest, according to court records.
The bounce house company’s website includes pictures of the man, Pitt Lane resident Christopher Joseph Pintek, “working with and around multiple children,” according to an Orange City Police Department incident report.
Pintek had listed himself under the name “Tim Young Only” and marked his age as 25 on the GPS-based gay chat and hookup app that he used to communicate with the teen, according to an Orange City Police Department incident report.
The teen reported the communication, which began about two weeks before, to police, and police officers monitored the conversation, then arrested Pintek when he showed up at a meet up spot he’d prearranged with the boy.
Although the app states that users must be 18 to sign up, according to the police report, “juveniles under the age of 18 join after merely clicking the button stating they are 18.”
The app uses the GPS systems in users’ cell phones to show users when other users are nearby. Pintek, whose “About” section on the app said that he was “looking young teens that wants to make money” for a particular sex act, messaged the boy using the app June 17, writing, “You wanna meet up I pay you 100.00.”
The teenager didn’t reply to him that day, but at about 6:50 p.m. June 30, “Tim Young Only” messaged the teen again, asking him for sex and telling him to send photos of his genitals.
Near the beginning of the text conversation, the teenager wrote, “I have something to tell you tho. …I’m not really 18.”
“How old,” Pintek replied.
“Truth 14. Bout to be 15,” the teen wrote.
Pintek replied, “You are hot I am down if you want to meet up.”
Pintek asked the boy for his address, and the boy replied, “Not my house. My momma be home.”
Pintek asked the boy explicit sexual questions, then arranged to pick him up alongside the street in his silver pickup truck.
Again, Pintek pressed the teen for a picture of his genitalia.
The teen sent Pintek a picture found on Google Images, according to the police report.
When Pintek arrived at the prearranged pickup spot at Coleman Park on Blue Springs Avenue and texted, “OK here,” police units “descended upon the silver 2015 Nissan pickup truck,” and the officer who wrote the case report turned on emergency lights, told Pintek to step out of the truck, and detained him.
A police officer asked Pintek why he’d tried to meet up with a 14-year-old, and Pintek said the site was for people over 18 “and he simply ignored it” when the teen said he as 14, according to the incident report.
His phone, still open to the app showing the conversation with the teen, was in the truck, and Pintek’s tattoos matched tattoos shown in the profile picture for “Tim Young Only.”
Pintek was charged with using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child and with traveling to seduce, solicit or lure a child. Charges have since been dropped.