GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A man who convinced a young girl to send nude photos of herself online pleaded guilty Thursday, Aug. 20, to federal charges.
Dustyn Olmstead, 31, of Vermontville, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, which carries a penalty of at least 15 years, and up to 30, in prison, and distribution of child pornography, a five- to 20-year felony.
He will be sentenced Dec. 1 by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids.
The investigation began in February when an Allegan County school district found improper text messages on a school-owned laptop it had loaned a student.
Police determined that Olmstead solicited nude photographs of a 13-year-old Allegan County girl and sent nude photos of his own to her. He tried to convince a 14-year-old Ottawa County girl to send her own photos, too, authorities said.
In an effort to desensitize the girls, he shared a video of a girl, about 9 years old, being sexually assaulted by a man.
Olmstead had communicated with many others believed to be children, the U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said. said. Federal prosecutors said those who may be victims or know victims should call the FBI 616-456-5489.
Allegan County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brown, who investigated the case with the FBI, said in court documents that Olmstead first contacted the Allegan County girl when she was 12.
Brown said the girl’s grandmother saw an inappropriate conversation between Olmstead and the girl. She confronted Olmstead and asked if he knew she was only 12. Olmstead continued to pursue the relationship, Brown wrote.
A reference to the Ottawa County girl was contained in online conversations with the younger girl. The older girl confirmed to police that the two girls had been talking to Olmstead, who told them he was 25.
She said that Olmstead “would ask her for ‘dirty pictures’ which she later clarified as nudes, or pictures with her clothes off,” Brown wrote. The older did not send any but she was aware that the younger girl had.
Investigators sent a request to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for any information regarding Olmstead’s social-media activity.
Using his IP address, investigators found evidence that Olmstead had used another name while contacting others online.
The investigation is part of the West Michigan Based Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task.
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