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Photo of Oregon sheriff with no pants posted online

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David Boroff
New York Daily News

An Oregon sheriff who once posted a Sandy Hook conspiracy theory online and said “gun control is not the answer” to school shootings has apologized after a suggestive photo of him without pants was posted online.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin can be seen wearing a white shirt, a watch and nothing else in the photo. In another photo that was posted online, he can be seen holding up his middle finger, according to Eugene Weekly.

Sheriff Hanlin said in a statement that a private photo was posted on a Facebook site “intended to appear as if the Facebook site was mine.”

“The site was not mine, I have my own separate site which is active today which I use to engage with friends, the community and family,” he said in a statement to the News-Review. “I did not authorize the creation of this second site nor did I authorize the photo that was posted.”

He said he had recently broken up with his girlfriend, and is trying to determine why the photo was posted.

It is a “very private, personal matter and I intend to deal with it in a private manner,” he said, according to the News-Review.

He apologized for the “distraction,” and said he “immediately” contacted Facebook to have the picture removed.

Hanlin posted a 30-minute conspiracy video after 20 children and six adults were killed by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The revelation surfaced after nine people were killed at Umpqua Community College in a mass shooting in Oregon in October of 2015.

The sheriff also would write a letter to Vice President Joe Biden to express his opposition to gun control. Limiting access to guns was “not the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings,” Hanlin wrote.

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