Man Accused of Using iPod to Exchange Sexual Pictures With Teen

A man admits to Omaha police giving an electronic device to his girlfriend's daughter. The intent: to send explicit pictures back and forth.

The 15 year old girl tells WOWT Six news she has known Ross Ohrt since she was 8 years old. For the first five and a half years, she admits she and Ohrt didn't get along. But everything started to change after her 14th birthday.

"He'd give me advice and if I wanted to tell an adult, and I didn't want to tell my mom or my Dad, I could tell him and he wouldn't tell other people," said the teen.

WOWT Six News is keeping her anonymous along with her family.

Ohrt is accused of sexual assault, pornography, and enticing a child. In May 2013 the teen said she went to Ohrt for help, asking him to buy her a pregnancy test.

"He told me he would get it for me, but I had to send him two pictures in return for it," said the teen.

Those pictures were inappropriate ones. A few days later, Ohrt allegedly offered to buy her an iPod ... for a price.

The teen said they set up a barter system. To earn money for an iPod she would have to send inappropriate pictures or do sexual acts. Each picture or sexual act would earn her points - those points translated into money. For example, one picture would equal ten points, equivalent to ten dollars. A more explicit picture would be 15 points. A sexual act -- even more points. Her mother said she believes he got the idea from the way her children do chores, each girl earning points/money for cleaning the house, cleaning their room or doing the dishes.

But, "He'd keep expecting more, like he took me to the mall, and spent like over $300 on me and I had to do stuff to get all that," said the teen.

She admits she wanted to tell someone, but didn't want to betray Ohrt. It finally all came to an end when her mother found the iPod in July and called police. An affidavit says Ohrt admitted to most of the crimes.

But that admittance doesn't change a thing to the teen's mother.

"He's gone, but now it is just the aftermath. I mean she has had all these complex emotions inside of a 15 year old. There are hospital stays, we have self harm, there are suicide attempts," said Erin, the victim's mother.

It's been a tough road, but the victim wants one message shared.

"If you are going through it now, I'd say no matter how hard it is, even if you are scared out of your mind, find someone to tell," said the teen.

The affidavit goes on to say Ohrt also admitted to also taking pictures of the victim's two other sister's without them knowing.

Ohrt remains in jail at Douglas County Corrections. He needs to post $20,000 to get out on bond.

If convicted, he could face up to 60 years behind bars.


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