TROY, IL – The Troy Chief of Police, Chief Brad Parsons, announces the arrest of Kevin W. Battas, age 25 of Mt. Vernon, for Indecent Solicitation of a Child and Grooming. The charges stem from and investigation conducted by the Troy Police Department during the past month. During the course of the investigation it was determined that Battas met the child using Whisper, an anonymous social media app. The investigation revealed that Battas committed Indecent Solicitation of a Child because he knowingly discussed an act of sexual conduct with a minor and offered to perform sexual acts upon the minor. The solicitation of the minor was done using a smart phone or similar device so Battas was also charged with Grooming. Indecent Solicitation of a Child is a class 3 felony and carries a sentence of imprisonment of not less than two years and not more than five years. Grooming is a class 4 felony and carries a sentence of imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than 3 years. Battas, who is a Mt. Vernon high school math teacher, was taken into custody during the evening hours of February 3, 2016 and is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on a $150,000 bond.