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Alden man arrested on felony sexting charge

A 20-year-old Alden man was arrested Friday on a felony count of disseminating indecent material to minors, for allegedly repeatedly “sexting” a 15-year-old student indecent images of himself and asking to have sex with her, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced Monday.

Jim Hershberger was arrested after an investigation by the sheriff’s detectives and School Resource officer, he said. The girl had complained about the alleged sexting incidents to school officials and they contacted the sheriff’s office, he said.

Hershberger was arrested Friday on the felony charge and for a number of counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. He was briefly in custody at the Erie County Holding Center but is now free on $2,500 bail pending a March 21 proceeding in Alden Village Court.