Palmerton man in jail for sending sexual image to teen
A Palmerton man is in prison after sending a sexual image to a teenage boy.
Jordan Beggan, 26, faces charges on one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communication facility, obscene and other sexual materials and performances - dissemination to minors, and corruption of minors.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Daniel Block, a special agent with the Bureau of Special Investigations of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General currently assigned to the Child Predator Section, and Kathleen Fallon, a special agent with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section currently assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force:
On Oct. 4, Block and Fallon were contacted by Detective Kevin Buck of the Palmerton Police Department, who was investigating a case in which Beggan sent naked images to the victim in April.
Buck said he was contacted by the victim’s parents in April, and that they told him their son had been messaging with a man on Snapchat and that the chats became sexual in nature.
Buck said they gave him all of their son’s Snapchats with Beggan, including the naked image.
They reviewed the evidence/chats and saw Beggan communicating with the victim’s Snapchat name.
At one point Beggan could be seen in an image (in the reflection of a mirror without a shirt on) stating that he was getting ready for work. He sent an image of himself and asked the teen to reciprocate.
Beggan agreed to meet the officials at the Palmerton Police Station to discuss the matter. Beggan told police he met the teen at the fire station and they exchanged phone numbers.
He said they had been texting for a couple of months and eventually they exchanged Snapchat names.
Beggan said, “We were messaging on Snapchat. It led to fooling around, joking around, and flirting. One thing led to another and we were sending pictures.”
Beggan said that the teen did not send any naked images even though Beggan requested them.
Beggan said that he knew it was wrong, and he knew the teen was underage.
They showed Beggan the printed image, and he said it was the naked image he sent to the teen.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Wednesday.
He is currently lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 straight bail.