BENNINGTON -- A man currently residing in a Department of Corrections facility is accused of sending a nude picture of himself to a 15-year-old girl over Facebook.

Daniel Coon, 30, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a misdemeanor count of distributing indecent material to a minor. He was released on the condition he not contact anyone under 16.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro, on May 29 he spoke to a 15-year-old girl who said a person on Facebook with an account named "Jeff Wattkins" has sent a picture of his penis. She said she accepted a friend request from Wattkins because they shared mutual Facebook friends. He then sent her messages, telling her she was "gorgeous." She did not respond to these messages and unfriended Wattkins, only to accept a second request from him.

A friend of the girl's said Wattkins was a "creep" and to not talk to him.

Silvestro obtained a warrant for the "Wattkins" Facebook account, and learned the Internet service provider. This led him to a cellphone number, but nothing Silvestro obtained had a name connected with it. He noted that the cell phone often made calls to a certain number, so he called it and left a message. He was called back and learned the phone belonged to a man living in a Department of Corrections facility on Depot Street in Bennington.

Silvestro spoke to that person, who said he shares an apartment with Coon and was given his cellphone in March.


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The man appeared to be unclear on what Facebook is.

Silvestro said the background shown in the photo matched the apartment. When he spoke to Coon, it was noted that Coon's shoes matched the ones seen in the photo.

Coon eventually said the person in the photo, which was taken from the waist down, was him and that he had sent it to a person he did not know.

He said another person made the account, but he had used it at some point.

Silvestro wrote that in the Facebook chat feature there was no attempt made by Coon to discern the girl's age, and she did not provide him with that information.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.