Federal, local authorities ask victims to come forward

CHENANGO COUNTY – Authorities are seeking the public's assistance following the arrest and indictment of an Arkansas man.

Steven Lesmeister was indicted June 4 on three federal felony charges for sending unprovoked lewd messages and videos to juvenile females in Virginia, New York and North Carolina. Lesmeister is 38 and from Harrison, Arkansas.

Homeland Security Investigations is now requesting that anyone who has been contacted by Lesmeister via social media and received unprovoked text messages and/or videos to please contact the agency immediately. Individuals can do so by calling the 24-hour HSI Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.

Members of the public are also able to submit an online tip at ice.gov/tips or by downloading the Operation Predator smartphone app and submitting a tip via the app. All tips will remain anonymous.

Lieutenant Richard Cobb with the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office said that anyone who may have been victimized by the accused, Lesmeister, can also contact the CCSO by calling 334-2000, or by walking into the office.

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