Bryan County man accused of sending sexual content to a minor via 'Snapchat'

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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- "Personally I think it is garbage," said a Bryan County resident.

That's what a Bryan County man said he thinks of the social media app 'Snapchat.' It's allows users to send and receive photos, videos and messages without the images being saved to a smartphone and it's wildly popular with teens.

"I feel like people use it sexually explicit too much," the local said.

That's what Jerry Don Hemesley Jr. is accused of -- sending sexual content to minors.

Court documents state that in October 2017, he sent a snap chat to a 13-year-old girl asking her to tell her 17-year-old sister he wanted to have sex with her. Bennington Police issued a warrant for his arrest a month later.

Hemesley turned himself in earlier this week and bonded out of jail.

Investigators said this type of crime is becoming more prevalent and parents should monitor their kid's social media activity.

"There's apps they can do that as well and they can always ask their kids if they can look at their devices and even limit their use of those devices," said Bryan County Sheriff's Office Investigator Mike Graham.

Hemesley is being charged with soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology.

"They need to be more aware of what their kids are doing online especially in these social apps because there are so many of them they just need to be part of their kids lives instead of letting them do what they want to," Graham said.

If convicted, Hemesley could face not only up to 10 years in prison, but would also have to register as a sex offender.



 
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