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Police: Lancaster County man sent nudes to 15-year-old Jackson Township girl

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Northern York County Regional Police in Dover Township, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A Lancaster County man shared nude photographs and sexual desires to a 15-year-old girl from Jackson Township, police said.

Caeleb Wesley, 19, of Denver, is facing charges of unlawful contact with a minor, contact with a minor for the purpose of engaging in activity related to sexual abuse of children, dissemination of explicit sexual material to a minor, and child pornography, all felonies. 

On May 19, Northern York County Regional Police received a Childline referral regarding a 15-year-old girl who was exchanging nude pictures with Wesley.

The girl's mother initially found out about the exchanges after finding an old cellphone with several nude pictures of Wesley saved on it. The girl told police she met Wesley on Pinterest in November after the two played an online game together, police said.

When the two first met, the girl was 14 and Wesley was 18. The two exclusively talked through Snapchat, a popular social media application, according to police.

The girl told Northern Regional officers that "their relationship started out as friends but progressed quickly," charging documents state.

"She advised Wesley sent the first nude photo in the exchange, to her surprise," charging documents allege. "(The victim) advised Wesley did ask for nude photos of her in return but she didn't send any initially." 

The 15-year-old told police she believed Wesley sent approximately 40 nude photos of himself, while she sent him seven nude photos, police allege.

The girl told police she and Wesley never met in person but had discussed sexual desires, including intercourse, if they were to ever meet, police said. 

Police obtained her phone and analyzed the conversations between Wesley and the 15-year-old girl, who talked daily, according to police. 

In one conversation, Wesley told the girl that their relationship was fine if the two were "truly in love," charging documents allege.

"It was clear through the conversations that Wesley was well aware of (the victim's) age," documents state.

On June 6, police made contact with Wesley by phone. He admitted to having an online relationship and exchanging nude photos with the girl but denied knowing she was underage, police said. 

He told police further that once he learned the victim was 15 he blocked and deleted the victim as a friend on Snapchat, police allege. 

Wesley also faces a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors.

An arrest warrant for Wesley has been issued.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.