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.