Fort Drum youth center worker arrested for sex abuse, had 10,000 images, troopers say

Watertown, NY — A man who worked at a Fort Drum youth center was charged Wednesday with six sex crimes involving children, troopers said.

Joel F. Santos, 23, of Watertown, was arrested after discovering he was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a girl under 17, according to a state police news release.

Santos also had more than 10,000 images of child pornography on his phone, soldiers said.

Santos was arrested and charged with:

  • Use of a child under 17 in a sexual performance
  • Possess sexual performance by a child under 16
  • Promoting sexual performance by a child under 17
  • Disseminate Minor 1st Degree Indecent Material
  • 3rd degree sexual abuse
  • Force touch

A protection order has been issued to the Santos victim, soldiers said.

He is being held at the Jefferson County Public Safety Building on $20,000 cash bond and $50,000 guaranteed bond, the troopers said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 315-782-2112.

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