June 19, 2018
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Kittery man accused of requesting nude images of Tennessee girl facing charges

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

KITTERY, Maine — A Kittery man is facing federal charges after requesting nude images of a juvenile girl from Tennessee, according to police.

Jermany Scott Claus, 39, is accused of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI procured federal warrants for Claus’ arrest. He was arrested May 22 in Maine and appeared in U.S. District Court in Portland the following day. He will be transported to Tennessee to face the charges there.

On May 18, agents in Tennessee had received information that Claus had requested nude images of an underage girl from the town of Athens, Tenn., according to the TBI. The girl subsequently texted the suspect nude photos. The girl’s age was not released.

According to the TBI, the organization performed an undercover operation with the girl’s phone, obtaining evidence to go along with her statement.

After the federal warrants were obtained, Kittery police executed them, arrested Claus, and seized electronic devices from his residence, according to the TBI.

In addition to the TBI and Kittery police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Athens Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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