Indiana youth pastor admits to posing as teen girl online to solicit nude photos from boys
A former Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ from Huntington, Indiana pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he sexually exploited a minor.
Nathan Hasty used a fake Facebook page to solicit naked photographs from children, including ones who belonged to Youth for Christ. An FBI agent tasked to the case told WANE that Hasty established multiple Facebook accounts under false names in order to initiate conversations of a sexual nature with underage boys.
Eventually, he would attempt to coerce the boys into sending him nude photographs.
In the fake accounts, Hasty pretended to be a lascivious sixteen-year-old girl and struck up conversations with boys, mostly between the ages of 12 and 14. He would eventually ask them to send nude photographs, and even enticed some of them into webcam sessions in which he watched them masturbate while claiming he didn’t have a camera.
According to the FBI affidavit, Facebook cooperated with the investigation, providing authorities with the IP address of the accounts. Because the same IP address was used for all accounts, authorities believed they all originated from the same computer.
Hasty was suspended from Youth for Christ as soon as the organization learned of the FBI investigation.
Watch a report on Hasty’s arrest from INC News here.
[Screen capture via INC News’s report on Hasty’s arrest in 2012]