Dade City man accused of sending lewd photo to teen

DADE CITY — A 20-year-old man is accused of sending a photo of his genitals to a 15-year-old girl.

Anthony Lamar James Jr. was arrested Thursday and charged with distribution of obscene material.

This is not the first time James has been accused of doing this.

In 2008, when he was 18, James took a child's phone while he was at a public library, snapped a photo of his own crotch and then sent the photo to the child's mother, authorities said. The mother was offended and concerned for her child's safety, and reported the matter to police.

James, of 13520 Wilson St. in the Carver Heights neighborhood of Dade City, was still at the downtown Hugh Embry library when police officers arrived. He tried to run but was caught and said he didn't mean to send the photo of his penis to the mother.

He later pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty to the charges of obscene material, resisting arrest and battery.

Dade City Police say they also plan to charge James with lewd and lascivious battery, because he had sexual contact with the 15-year-old girl in this latest case. James is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Dade City man accused of sending lewd photo to teen 04/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 3:05pm]

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