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Oregon Juvenile Department Employee Gets Jail Time for Sexualizing Booking Photos

"A jail sentence is called for," declared Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey S. Jones when sentencing a former Oregon Juvenile Department employee to two days in jail for altering mugshot photos of juvenile offenders to make them look sexually provocative. "It's an important symbol in light of his position. He's going to leave the courtroom in handcuffs," Judge Jones stated.

Eric Granville Lawrence, 45, was hired by the Clackamas County Juvenile Department on June 1, 2010, but, thankfully, his career was short-lived. He resigned in April 2012 after an investigation revealed that he had accessed confidential booking photographs of female juvenile offenders and manipulated the images with Photoshop, a photo-editing program. He made it appear that some of the girls were wearing skimpy outfits, then sent the photos to his personal email account.

Investigators also discovered Facebook pictures of other girls, and adult pornography, on Lawrence's work computer. He claimed he knew the girls in the Facebook photos and wanted to alert their parents about their inappropriate behavior.

Lawrence ultimately pleaded guilty to second-degree official misconduct and unauthorized use of a computer – both misdemeanors – and was sentenced in May 2012. In addition to the two-day stint in jail, under a stipulated plea agreement he must serve a three-year term of bench probation and perform 24 hours of community service.

Source: The Oregonian

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