Young man charged with possessing obscene photos of a minor

SARANAC LAKE – A 19-year-old Saranac Lake man was arrested in regard to photos of a 13-year-old girl performing sexual acts – photos police say he persuaded her to take and send to him.

Village police arrested Dakotta B. Callaghan at 3:40 p.m. Friday following an investigation that began on Jan. 18. Police said he allegedly induced the girl to perform intimate sexual acts, photograph them and send the photos to him. Callaghan also allegedly sent similar photos of himself to the girl via a cellphone.

Police said there was a warrant out for Callaghan’s arrest, and he turned himself in on Friday.

Callaghan was charged with use of a child in a sexual performance and possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, both felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in village court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bail bond.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or