HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a Carbon County man has pleaded guilty to having unlawful contact with a 16-year-old victim.
Jordan Beggan, 26, of Harvard Avenue, Palmerton, was charged in October 2017. Today Beggan pleaded guilty to felonies of unlawful contact with a minor and disseminating sexual materials to a minor. Beggan will have to register as a sex offender.
Beggan met the victim in late 2016. They began communicating first on their phones, then on an App thereafter. Beggan sent the victim messages that were sexual in nature and explicit pictures of himself. The victim’s parents contacted the police after learning of these communications.
“My office will prosecute anyone who preys on children to the fullest extent of the law,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Our Child Predator Section is working relentlessly to arrest these predators and get them off our streets.”
The Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section has made 123 arrests since January 2017 when Attorney General Shapiro was sworn into office. In 2016, the office arrested 99 child predators.
This case was seen before Judge Rodger N. Nanovic in Carbon County Court today. Sentencing for Beggan is scheduled for August 2, 2018 at 1:15 p.m. This case is being prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Angela Raver.
Suspected predators can be reported by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Submit a tip on child predators by texting “PAKIDS” followed by your tip to 847411.
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