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Police: Vermont corrections officer sent lewd photo to underage Whitehall girl

2014-02-11T05:47:00Z 2014-02-11T11:29:37Z Police: Vermont corrections officer sent lewd photo to underage Whitehall girl Glens Falls Post-Star
February 11, 2014 5:47 am

WHITEHALL -- A 24-year-old Vermont man who worked as a corrections officer allegedly sent nude photos to teen girls in Whitehall and Fair Haven, Vt., police said.

Jay D. McLaren Jr. was charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor in both Washington County and Vermont, according to Whitehall Police Chief Matt Dickinson.

The investigation began last Wednesday when Whitehall Police learned McLaren had allegedly sent nude photos to girls in Fair Haven and Whitehall, police said.

“This girl did the right thing, went to her parents and they came to us,” Dickinson said.

He admitted sending the photos, and had been having “inappropriate conversations” with the Whitehall girl, police said. She was identified as a minor but her age was not released.

Fair Haven Police were notified, and after a joint investigation he was charged in both states.

McLaren worked as a corrections officer at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt. He resigned that position after his arrest.

McLaren was released, pending prosecution in Vermont, but was arraigned in Whitehall Village Court and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.

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  1. left ny
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    left ny - February 16, 2014 7:48 pm
    People need to learn that absolutely no good can come from sending or posting nude photos through facebook or texts or any other media.
  2. Jonny
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    Jonny - February 14, 2014 12:24 pm
    The conduct of the young woman is irrelevant. He sent several underage girls lewd photos of himself. What part of this is not understandably illegal? If they asked him for photos, does that make it right in your mind?
  3. Busydime
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    Busydime - February 12, 2014 11:44 pm
    I think that in cases like this that the investigations should be complete before arrest are made and the press gets involved. Inappropriate behavior for a 24 yr old adult for sure. I am curious as to the conduct of the young women in this case. As stated how was their personal info obtained . Real lives are at stake
  4. rave1956
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    rave1956 - February 12, 2014 8:26 am
    If you want to protect your kids, keep them OFF the computer; if you feel you can't do that, monitor what they do on the computer, check the "history" on the computer.
  5. Deborah Reynolds
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    Deborah Reynolds - February 11, 2014 2:50 pm
    More info please. Like how he even knew these girls. How did he get their info 2 send them things. Etc. I'm a mom. I want 2 know these things 2 protect my kids

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