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Girl in McMinn County used in child porn, Maine man arrested by feds

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Earlier this week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation obtained federal warrants for a Maine man in a child pornography investigation that resulted in his arrest earlier this week.
 
Jermany Scott Claus, 39, was charged with enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce a visual depiction for said conduct and receipt of child pornography.

On May 18, 2013, TBI received information that Claus had requested nude/pornographic images of a female juvenile from Athens, TN.

The victim sent numerous photos to Claus via cell phone text messages.

TBI conducted an undercover operation using the victim's phone and obtained further evidence to corroborate the victim's statement.

Federal warrants were obtained and the Kittery City (Maine) Police Department executed search warrants to seize electronic devices at the Claus' residence which could possess electronic images of the victim in the case.

Claus was booked and taken into custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Portland, Maine.
 
The 10th Judicial District Attorney General's Office requested TBI to investigate. The Athens Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Department and the Kittery City Police Department all assisted in the investigation.

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