BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local man is facing charges of sending an unwanted string of inappropriate messages to a minor.
The victim reached out to her school for help, and school officials then turned to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. The 15-year-old victim told officials she received a string of text messages composed with strong sexual context, direct references to having sex with the minor and what police described as “indecent pictures of his anatomy.”
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies searched for, then arrested Jim Hershberger, 20, charging him with felony disseminating indecent material to minors and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a minor.
Police say following Hershberger’s arraignment, he was committed to jail on $2,500 bail. He’s since posted that bail and will return to court to answer charges on March 21.
Officials say police continue to work with the victim and immediate family to ensure their wellbeing.