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Police: Gates man uploaded nude photos of minor to Snapchat

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Officers said Nicholas Hinchman, 19, was arrested after he uploaded photos of a minor to the app. (Photo: Gates PD)

Gates, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Gates man was arrested after he allegedly uploaded nude photos to Snapchat.

Gates Police said Nicholas Hinchman, 19, was arrested after he allegedly uploaded photos of an underage teenage to the app.

"Now you are promoting the sexual performance of a child, which becomes a felony and you can become a registered sex offender. So it changes your life drastically," said Officer Lance Duffy of the Gates Police Department.

Hinchman was charged with promoting the sexual performance of a child.

Officer Duffy said he's seeing more young people get into this type of trouble with social media. "A lot of parents have the issue of, 'Hey, you know, kids will be kids,' but now this mistake can cost them a college education, cost them employment," he added.

He encourages parents to educate their kids, using this as a warning to think twice before sharing anything on social media.

"It's important you use your head and just make smart decisions," he said.

Police said further charges may be coming, as the investigation is ongoing.

Hinchman was arraigned in Gates Town Court and remanded to the Monroe County Jail.

He was indicted by a grand jury on five counts of Use of a Child in Sexual Performance, Promoting a Sexual Performance of a Child, and fourth degree Attempted Grand Larceny on January 19.



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