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Cell phone salesman accused of sending lewd photos Hudson girls

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A 32-year-old man is accused of sending pictures of his genitalia along with lewd messages to two area teenagers over their cell phones.

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Barton G. Scott of Oakdale, Minn., has been charged with two felony counts of exposing a child to harmful material and three misdemeanor counts of computer message-threaten/obscenity.

According to the complaint, Scott gained access to the cell phone numbers of the two 15-year-old Hudson victims through his job at Verizon, 1041 Pearson Drive, where he has worked since December 2013. Both girls spoke with Scott when he assisted them at the store.

A third Twin Cities victim, age 16, was included in the complaint. She came in contact with Scott while he worked at a previous job at a Sprint store in Maple Grove, Minn.

The teens said they received messages and photos within hours of being in the store. Scott did not identify himself but police allegedly traced the messages and photos to phones and email addresses used by Scott.

The victims in some cases had deleted the messages and photos from their phones but police were able to retrieve them. With the permission of the manager at Verizon, authorities went through Scott’s work locker and allegedly found 20 pieces of paper and Post-It notes with female names, their email addresses, usernames and passwords. The manager said there was no reason for Scott to have that information in his locker.

During questioning Scott denied sending any pornographic messages or pictures to customers but did admit to sending photos of his penis to his girlfriend.

Despite repeated attempts, the Star-Observer was unable to speak with the manager or anyone at the Verizon store in Hudson to verify if Scott was still employed there.

The investigation has been conducted by the Hudson Police Department and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office. HPD Chief Marty Jensen said there may be more victims in the case on both sides of the St. Croix River and the investigation continues.

Scott’s next court appearance will be his preliminary hearing on July 24.

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