Police arrest Grand Island teen for over 100 digital sex crimes
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Multiple felony charges have been requested for a Grand Island man in relation to receiving or soliciting numerous illicit images of minors as well as sharing and extorting minors into providing additional illicit images or conduct.
Israel Trautman, 18, was arrested on June 1, 2022, in relation to a case of human sex trafficking of a minor and visual depiction of explicit conduct in relation to receiving or soliciting images of a minor.
Following that arrest, a search warrant was obtained for Trautman’s residence including electronic devices. Subsequent to that investigation, the Grand Island Police Department’s Cyber Investigator, developed evidence to believe that Trautman solicited or received photos from 11 other minor victims, and that he extorted those victims into sharing additional images, illegally shared some of those images, and threatened some participants into conducting additional illegal explicit acts.
Following that investigation, the following additional charges have been requested for Israel Trautman:
- Human Sex Trafficking (Felony): 1 count
- Sexually Explicit Conduct (Felony): 31 counts
- Visual Depiction of Sexually Explicit Conduct (Felony): 112 counts
- 1st Degree Sexual Assault (Felony): 1 count
- Human Sex Trafficking of a Minor (Felony): 9 counts
- Delivery of Obscene Material (Felony): 7 Counts
- Terroristic Threats (Felony): 1 Count
- Child Abuse (Felony): 1 Count
Grand Island Police Captain Jim Duering told Local4 News in cases like this fear can play a role in keeping victims from coming forward.
“Really at its base, this is an exploitation case, and exploitation really does not happen without fear,” Duering said. “So I think fear plays a huge role in these types of cases, and I think a case like this in which we have a suspect who was arrested, who was taken off the street and given a very high bond should help reduce that fear and let victims know that it’s okay to come forward, we are here to protect them.”
Duering also noted that parents can help protect their kids from crimes like to ones committed by Trautman.
“I think the first step is for parents to have that conversation with their children, the things they can do the things they can not, warning about what can happen regardless of whoever they think is on the other end phone,” Duering said.
This was a lengthy investigation that demonstrates the ability of a single suspect to prey on multiple youth within a community. The outcome of this investigation is a step forward in building a safer community for our youth. If young people are being exploited, it is a crime and should be reported by calling your local police or the FBI Hotline at 1-800-Call-FBI.
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