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Man Arrested for Inappropriate Conversations With Girls

COLUMBUS (Kate Liebers) -- An Ohio man was arrested Monday after allegedly having inappropriate conversations with teenage girls on social media sites.

A five-month investigation led Hocking County Sheriffs Office to arrest James A. McManaway, 37, of New Straitsville. He was charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

He is expected to face additional charges after evidence is presented to the Hocking County grand jury.

The investigation began when parents of non-related teenage girls reported conversations they discovered the girls were having on their computers, Sheriff Lanny North stated in a release.

McManaway was allegedly contacting the girls using an alias. Detectives linked McManaway to the conversations, executed a search warrant in June, and seized computers and other various electronic devices from McManaways Haydenville residence, according to HCSO. 

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation found several hundred nude images of obviously underage persons on his computer, as well as images linking him to the two original juvenile victims, HCSO reported.

McManaway was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail. 

While acknowledging that social media sites can be a great way to keep in contact with friends and family, North reminded parents to monitor their childrens activity on social media sites.

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