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CHARGES ALLEGE SEX WITH GIRL

A 20-year-old Buffalo man was charged Sunday with having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl and then sending her photos of the encounter over the Internet.

Officers Daniel Kurdziel and Bart Adams of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority arrested Carlos Leon at 10:15 a.m. in his apartment at the Commodore Perry Housing Development.

Kurdziel charged Leon with engaging in sexual intercourse in August with the City of Tonawanda girl without her consent, and then transmitting photos to her from his cell phone.

"Defendant's conduct could have resulted in mental and moral injury to said child," Kurdziel wrote in charging Leon with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

Leon also was charged with sexual misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor, and with promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, a felony.

"The computer age is here," said Detective David Kobler of the Buffalo Police Department's Sex Offense Unit, who reviewed the charges but didn't take part in the arrest. "There seems to be more and more of this. The girl was only 16 -- this is really a tough one."

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