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May 7, 2013

Alleged Facebook predator charged

Police: New Albany teenager contacts youngsters online for sexual gratification

NEW ALBANY — A New Albany teenager has been charged with four child sex-related felonies.

Blake Trusty, 18, of 1115 1/2 Vincennes St., is believed by New Albany Police Department officials to have had communication via Facebook with three 13-year-old boys for purposes of sexual gratification.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, on Dec. 1, Trusty solicited sexual activity from a child he was told was 13 years old.

Trusty attempted to “arrange a private meeting with [the child] so they can talk and touch each other,” according to the affidavit.

Police reported Trusty said in an interview in January that he admitted his intentions during the conversation were to pursue a sexual relationship with the boy.

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Police reported that in January, Trusty contacted another child — whose online profile listed his age as 13 — while on Facebook.

“During the [Facebook] conversation, Blake Trusty states that he wants to have sex with [the child],” according to the affidavit.

Trusty and the child made plans to meet and have intercourse, police reported.

Police reported that Trusty said in an interview in March that he knew the child’s age as plans to meet were being formulated.

“He also admitted exchanging naked pictures with [the child] over the Internet,” according to the affidavit.

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Starting in December 2012, Trusty had an interaction over Facebook with a child, who said he was 13 years old.

The affidavit states that after the boys stated his age, Trusty asked if he could have sex with him.

During an interview in March, Trusty told investigators that he knew the child was 13 years old during their correspondence and admitted to sharing naked pictures and being naked on Skype.

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Trusty has been charged with three counts child solicitation and one count vicarious sexual gratification, all class C felonies.

According to Floyd County Jail officials, Trusty was booked into the facility about 3 p.m. Monday and released about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday After $200,000 court-cash bond had been set, a $20,000 bond was provided for his release.

Trusty is scheduled to appear in Floyd County Circuit Court on May 15 for an initial hearing. An attorney was not listed for him in court records.

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