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Updated Mar 8, 2013 - 6:54 am

Mesa man accused of sending explicit photo to teen

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Mesa man is in custody for allegedly sending an explicit photo to a 16-year-old girl online.

Tempe police say 22-year-old Joshua Vehmeier was arrested Wednesday at his Mesa home.

He's been booked into jail on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor and furnishing harmful items to a minor.

Police say Vehmeier allegedly contacted the girl Feb. 22 in response to an ad she posted on Craigslist advertising baby-sitting services.

They say Vehmeier sent the explicit photo during their email exchange.

Detectives learned through their investigation that Vehmeier knew the girl was a minor when he sent the photo.

Police served a search warrant at his home, where they seized his computer and other electronics.

They say a preliminary search of the computer uncovered several images of child pornography.

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