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Ex-Warren man held on charges from sex texting

August 25, 2010
Observer Today
A former Warren resident was preliminarily arraigned Tuesday on a series of felony and misdemeanor charges that he allegedly had inappropriate electronic contact with underage girls in Warren County in 2009 and earlier this year. Adam Michael Larson, 26, of Jamestown, N.Y., was arraigned before District Justice Arthur Zerbe on felony and misdemeanor charges of unlawful contact with minors, sexual abuse of children, interference with custody of children, corruption of minors, criminal attempt to lure a child into a motor vehicle or structure, and harassment. Bail was set at $50,000. Larson, who was transported to court from the Chautauqua County, N.Y., Jail, was remanded to the Warren County Jail for further court action. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 1. According to Warren-based state police, Larson admitted using his Myspace and Facebook pages to collect thousands of cell phone numbers of young girls in Pennsylvania and New York State, and then sent unsolicited text messages, including lewd pictures. Eight young females in Sheffield, Warren, Clarendon, Youngsville, Russell and Sugar Grove reported to the state police that they had received unwanted text messages from Larson. According to police, Larson also offered his Jamestown apartment to any females willing to run away from their homes and offered to drive to the Warren area to pick them up and meet them in person. Involved in the investigation were Warren-based state police, Sheffield Township police and federal authorities. Seven Jamestown females between the ages of 14 and 15 reported to police there that they had received unsolicited text messages. In Jamestown, he faces seven misdemeanor counts of second-degree aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Jamestown police arrested Larson in March while he was walking on Fairmount Avenue.


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