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NY principal allegedly seeking sex with teen brought chicken nuggets, shake to remote location prior to arrest

An upstate middle-school principal used Snapchat to try to lure a 16-year-old girl to meet him in a remote location for sex — bringing with him condoms, chicken nuggets and a Grimace milkshake from McDonald’s, authorities say.

Johnson City Middle School Principal Daniel Erickson was arrested Friday and charged with luring a child and attempted rape, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Erickson, 55, had been allegedly communicating with the teen for at least a week before his arrest.

The New York principal made statements to her that indicated he was “going to engage in sexual conduct with the minor,” the sheriff’s office said.

Erickson initially posed as a younger adult before revealing his true identity to the girl, officials said.

He then used “his position as the Johnson City Middle School Principal and school district database information to convince the 16-year-old girl who he really was,” authorities said.

Erickson made multiple attempts to meet with the girl — even showing up at her house — but the teen never came outside to see him, officials said.

Authorities said they were made aware of the situation Wednesday.

Two days later, Erickson allegedly agreed to meet with the student in a remote location with the intention of engaging in sexual relations.

Erickson arrived at the location with a box of condoms, chicken nuggets and a Grimace milkshake from McDonald’s, Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar said during a press conference.

Detectives were at the location when Erickson arrived and arrested him.

“As a father, I know this is a nightmare scenario for any parent,” Akshar said. “We entrust our schools with the care and safety of our children, and to have an individual violate that trust, abuse their power and prey on a very student charged in our schools’ care is beyond disgusting.”

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