DELHI _ A Delaware County employee who allegedly tried to send a pornographic photo from his work computer to a child pleaded innocent to a felony charge in county court on Monday.

Jeffrey Velten, 41, of Oneonta, was arraigned on a grand-jury indictment for one count of attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor.

Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup said Velten is alleged to have e-mailed a photo of his genitals to a person he met in a chat room that Velten thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Northrup said the recipient of the photo was a state police investigator. Velten works in the county's Information Technology Department, the district attorney said.

Velten appeared in court with his attorney, Aaron Dean, who was assigned in Delhi Town Court.

Delaware County Judge Carl Becker questioned Velten about his ability to afford an attorney.

Velten said the county still employs him, but county officials are trying to get him to sign a resignation agreement.

He said he has worked for the county for 15 months and would receive approximately $2,000 in vacation and sick pay as part of the agreement.

Velten said he has two children from a former relationship and pays child support. He said he and his wife are expecting a child.

Velten is free on $2,500 bail posted by his wife. Dean requested that Becker exonerate the bail because it has caused the family financial hardship.

Becker opted to leave bail at the current level. He ordered Velten to fill out a financial disclosure form and provide the court with documentation of his 2008 tax return, the resignation agreement with the county and information about funds in Velten's state retirement account.

Becker scheduled Velten's trial for the July 21 trial term.

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Patricia Breakey can be reached at 746-2894 or at stardelhi@stny.rr.com.

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