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Man arrested 2 years after indictment for sending inappropriate photos to teen

Paul Beason was indicted two years ago. (Source: MCSO) Paul Beason was indicted two years ago. (Source: MCSO)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - After two years on the run, Marshall Count investigators said they've tracked won a man who sent inappropriate photos to a teenage girl.

Paul Lee Beason, 38, of Steele, is in the county jail on charges of transmitting material to a child by computer. Beason was indicted two years ago and has been on the run but was recently located, apprehended, and placed in the Marshall County jail.

The victim in the case is a 15-year-old female.

Prosecutors said it was the mother who discovered the images on her daughter's cell phone and she in turn notified Albertville police.

In all, there were three images: one of Beason's face, and the other two were pornographic.

Albertville police said they believe that Beason has ties to the family of the victim.

"The victim was a 15-year-old female that apparently had been receiving pictures via text message of this guy's private parts, so obviously there's some wrongdoing there," said Assistant Chief Jamie Smith. "The detectives worked up the case and were able to get a grand jury indictment."

Counselors at Albertville High School say sexting is an ever growing problem.

They say if a child receives an inappropriate text message they should act.

"What they don't understand is after they have sent that, they are at the mercy of whoever they sent it to," said Albertville High School Counselor Keena Cahela. "It's sent to another friend who sends it to another friend and then it's not even in a friends circle anymore, it's possibly in adult circles that they would have never have intended for that image to have gotten to those people."

Cahela said they advise students to never send out inappropriate images of their own, because of the long-reaching effects that decision may have on their lives.

"What they don't understand is after they have sent that text, they are at the mercy of whoever they sent it to. It's sent to another friend, who sends it to another friend, and then it's not even in a friends' circle anymore. It's possibly in adult circles that they would have never intended to have gotten to those people," she said.

She added that parents should always have an open dialogue with their children, know what's on their social media pages, and keep home computers in open spaces.

Beason is currently in the Marshall County Jail on a $20,000 bond

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