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Sheriff: Stephentown man sent sexually explicit text to teen

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NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- A Stephentown man was in court Thursday to answer charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and a local father wants to warn parents.

According to court documents and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, 40-year old John White of Stephentown sent unwanted, sexually explicit text messages to a 14-year-old girl on February 8th.

Scott Adams, the father of the victim's friend says he called police when he saw the messages come in to the girl's phone.

"They were upset, crying and we were asking them what was wrong," says Adams.

Adams says when his daughter and her 14-year-old friend showed him text messages from an older man, identified as White, he was sick to his stomach and didn't hesitate to take action.

Adams, of Stephentown, says what was in those text messages was beyond disturbing.

"The part I had read -- he had said that he was having fantasies about these girls and wanted them to send pictures to him over the internet or the phone or what have you," says Adams.

"It was pretty terrifying because in the past my daughter and her friend had been at this guy's house for parties and stuff like that, so it just makes you kind of wonder where you're sending your children and how safe they really are," says Adams.

White was arrested and charged with Aggravated Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a child.

Adams says he wants other parents to learn a lesson he had to learn the hard way.

"Be careful where you're sending your kids. If it wasn't caught, who knows what would have happened in the future."

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