NYSP: Watertown corrections officer charged with sending sexually explicit images to would-be teen

WATERTOWN, NY —  On Sept. 27, 2019, the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Syracuse, with the assistance of Troop D Uniform – SP North Syracuse, arrested Jeremiah J. Clark, age 35, from Watertown, NY, for (1) count of first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to minors, a class “D” felony and (1) count of second-degree promoting prison contraband, a class “A” misdemeanor.

Clark is charged with communicating, via text message, with what he believed was a 14-year-old female who was, in fact, an undercover state police investigator.  For approximately three months, Clark sent text messages that included obscene conversations, pictures, and videos that culminated in Clark traveling to Bridgeport, NY (Onondaga County) to engage in sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old female.

A review of the text messages revealed that some were sent by Clark, a New York State Correction Officer, while he was on duty inside the Watertown Correction Facility in Jefferson County. Cell phone use inside the facility is prohibited.

Clark was issued appearance tickets for the town of Cicero Court (Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors) and the town of Watertown Court (Promoting Prison Contraband) and was released.