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Scottsbluff man accused of using nude photos to force 12-year-old girl to have sex

April 19, 2019 GMT

Prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old Scottsbluff man with 11 counts of possessing child pornography, in addition to charges of sexual assault and child enticement.

Ashanti Kelley, alias Ashanti Stout, will be arraigned Friday on the child pornography charges, each Class IIA felonies; two counts of child enticement by an electronic device, a Class ID felony; and two counts of forcible sexual assault, a Class II felony.

Changes against Kelley stem from a Scottsbluff Police and Gering Police Department investigation that began on July 20, 2017. A Scottsbluff Police investigator says police received a child abuse intake alleging Kelley had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl.

In a forensic interview, a 12-year-old girl disclosed that she had sent nude photos to Kelley after meeting the man online. The girl told police that Kelley had also sent nude photos to her as well.

In the interview, the girl told police she had met Kelley at a Scottsbluff business on July 17, 2017, and that she did not want to have sexual intercourse, but Kelley did. Several days later, she said, the man contacted her and told her he was interested in having sex with her and a sister at the same time. The girl said she replied “no” to the man.

On June 21, 2017, Kelley and the girl exchanged text messages and the girl and Kelley met at a Gering business. The girl told police she got into his pick up, where she says she forced to undress and perform sexual acts. The girl alleged Kelley threatened her that he would distribute the nude photos of the girl if she did not perform sexual acts and that Kelley allegedly recorded the girl.

During the course of the investigation, police learned a parent had obtained an order of protection against Kelley involving a 14-year-old girl.

In October 2018, police applied for a search warrant and seized Kelley’s cell phone. A Nebraska State Patrol investigator reported observing three videos from Kelley on a social media account that involved young girls engaged in sexual acts and cell phone photos. Police attempted to identify the girls, but were unable.

Investigators contacted social media companies and had videos and other information preserved while obtaining a search warrant. Police were able to tie 10 pornographic photos and a video that involved the 12-year-old girl. Police were also able to tie the locations in the photos to the girl.

An arrest warrant for Kelley was issued on March 19 and he was taken into custody this week.

An attorney for Kelley was not yet listed in court files.