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Man in court for allegedly sending sexual texts to teen, skipping town


NEW LEBANON, N.Y. - Captured and scheduled to appear in court, a man is facing a slew of charges that police say stem from sexual text messages he sent to his son's 14-year-old girlfriend.    

John White, 40, of Stephentown is currently being held on $20,000 bail at the Columbia County Jail and is expected to appear in New Lebanon Town Court Thursday night.

On May 19th, White was extradited from Alabama back to New York after officials say he tried to jump bail.

White's charges include Endangering the Welfare of a Child, two counts of Aggravated Harassment and Criminal Contempt from incident that started back in February when police arrested and charged White for sending graphic sexual text messages to the teenage girl.

Court documents show the texts White sent the girl consisted of sexual dreams and sexual comments.

In a February 28th, interview with the NEWS CENTER, White said he knew sending the texts were wrong but did it to teach his son a lesson, saying he believed the girl was cheating on his son. 

"I asked her to send a photo, never asked for nude," White said. "'Cause if she'd send it to me, she'd send it to anyone."

In addition to the original charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Aggravated Harassment, White was also served with an order of protection, which police say he violated on April 29th, when he allegedly called the girl's home.

The violation led to a new round of charges including Criminal Contempt and a second count of Aggravated Harassment.    

Officials say White skipped out on the court appearance for those charges and went to Alabama. He has not been charged with bail jumping at this point.  

The victim's mother says she is very upset about what happened and plans to do whatever possible to make sure he "suffers the consequences of his actions."

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