Interim Carter County Sheriff John Ryan says an investigation into an unrelated case last week led a deputy to obscene photos a local man was distributing to a teenage girl via Facebook Messenger.
Ryan said Deputy Gus Handke followed up on information that alleged Jose Antonio Salayandia was using the message site to send photos of himself to the teenager.
“During interviews he made admissions,” Ryan said, adding the combination of the evidence collected and the interviews led to his arrest Aug. 16.
A day after he was booked into the Carter County Detention Center, the district attorney’s office filed a formal charge of distributing obscene material against Salayandia. Subsequently he made an initial appearance before Special District Judge Carson Brooks in Carter County District Court Thursday afternoon.
The charge accuses the 39-year-old man of distributing obscene photos of himself between July 6 and July 31.
Brooks set a $10,000 bond on the charge and scheduled a case conference for Sept. 29. The judge also ordered Salayandia to have no contact with the victim pending the outcome of the case.
Court documents indicate Salayandia posted bond and was released from the county jail Friday.
If convicted he faces 30 days to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $20,000.