Nude teen photos lead to arrest
Man accused of attempting to sign out student from school, solicitation
NILES — A 28-year-old Liberty man is in custody, accused of soliciting nude photos from a 16-year-old student with an intellectual disability and then attempting to sign her out from school.
Marcus Aaron Washington, 28, 10 Trumbull Court, Liberty, was booked into the Trumbull County jail early Monday. He is facing charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, a felony, and a misdemeanor of contributing to delinquency.
Washington is accused of using the username Moses Luther King to chat with the 16-year-old Niles McKinley High School student in November, first on the dating application Badoo then on social media app Snapchat, according to a police report.
The student told police she believed “Moses” was a 28-year-old man and gave him her correct age during their conversation, which took place during one night and into the early hours the next morning.
After switching to Snapchat, Washington allegedly used suggestive language in requesting photos from the student. Among the photos sent were two nude pictures showing the student’s buttocks, which the user Moses Luther King appeared to save. “Moses” did not send any sexual photos of himself, the student told police.
The student told “Moses” to sign her out from school the morning after their conversation, believing he would take her to Target to buy whatever she wanted and then they would go back to his house, the report states.
Washington attempted to sign her out around 8 a.m. Nov. 17 but left when the school’s attendance officer asked him to make sure he was authorized to take the student out of school. Surveillance video showed Washington leaving the school property in what appeared to be a white Mercedes.
Police searched the user Moses Luther King on Facebook and found an account with the same profile picture shown in screenshots of the student’s conversations. Washington was listed as the technical user name for that Facebook account, according to the police report.
Police matched a photo of Washington from the Law Enforcement Automated Database System to the profile pictures and school surveillance video. LEADS also listed Washington’s vehicle as a white 2009 Mercedes.
In a subsequent phone call with a school resource officer, Washington acknowledged driving a white Mercedes to the high school and being on the property, according to the report.
Washington is being held on a $100,000 bond.