Grand Island man accused of sex trafficking multiple minors, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Grand Island man is now facing additional charges of sex trafficking minors after being arrested in June, police say.

Israel Trautman, 18, was arrested by Grand Island Police on June 1 on suspicion of sex trafficking a minor.

After the arrest, police searched Trautman’s home, where they seized several electronic devices.  Investigators found several victims’ photos on the devices, police say.

Before the investigation, a cyber investigator gathered evidence that Trautman had solicited or received sexually explicit photos from 11 other minors.

Police said Trautman would threaten to leak the victims’ pictures on social media if they didn’t send more.

The 18-year-old even threatened some of the victims into taking part in additional illegal explicit acts, according to police.

Trautman will now face nine counts of human trafficking of a minor, 112 counts of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct and seven counts of delivery of obscene material.

He was also arrested on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault, terroristic threats and child abuse.

This brings an end to a lengthy investigation, police said.  They hope that this investigation is a step forward in building a safer community.

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