AUBURN | Justin Weller had a friend request.

It was Nov. 10, and a 14-year-old girl he had never met had asked him to "friend" her on Facebook. Weller said he obliged.

The 24-year-old Phoenix said the girl found his cellphone number on his Facebook profile page and sent him a text message asking him to send her a picture of himself.

And so, Weller said he sent the teenager a picture of his genitals.

"I never talked to her again," Weller added.

In Cayuga County Court Tuesday morning, Weller, of 6 Ashby Drive, pleaded guilty to second-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, admitting he knew he was sending a minor a photo that contained nudity.

For his plea, Weller faces five years probation, with the first six months spent in the Cayuga County Jail.

Also in court:

* Camille Racona's sentencing for illegally using public assistance funds was adjourned after Assistant District Attorney Romolo Canzano reported the 22-year-old Auburn woman had allegedly again illegally used public assistance, this time to go on a vacation to Disney World.

Timothy Brennan, Racona's attorney, denied the allegations, arguing the defendant's trip to Florida was work related.

In exchange for a promised sentence of no more than six months in jail and five years probation, Racona, of 147 Van Anden St., agreed to pay back $8,022 in restitution and pleaded guilty in April to third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps, all felonies.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge Mark Fandrich remanded Racona into custody.

As an officer handcuffed Racona, she looked up at Brennan and shook her head.

"So where are my kids going to go?" she asked.

* A 31-year-old Auburn man was sentenced to spend up to 3.5 years in prison for selling heroin.

Prior to sentencing, Steven Reynolds, of 157 Van Anden St., apologized to the court and to the probation department for his actions.

"I'd like to also apologize to my family for not being here," Reynolds said. "I'm sorry. I love you guys."

Fandrich told the second-felony offender he hoped that this time in prison, Reynolds would change.

"You've been given opportunities in the past to turn your life around," Fandrich said. "You haven't taken advantage of those opportunities."

* Christopher Moore faces spending six months in the county jail after admitting he drove while intoxicated in September without a license.

In exchange for a promised sentence of no more than shock probation, Moore, 23, of 6166 Lake St., Cayuga, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.

Moore acknowledged that when he was arrested in Owasco on Sept. 15, he was driving with a license that had been suspended following a previous DWI conviction.

If Moore faithfully attends treatment before sentencing, Fandrich said he would consider allowing Moore to serve weekends in jail, leaving the defendant free to work.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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