An 18 year old female student from Bellevue became a target of blackmail by a registered sex offender. The sex offender posed as another woman on Craigslist while attempting to lure the teenager into a sexual encounter.
Bellevue police Sgt. Tim Melvin said, “We believe he’s done this before and there may be other victims out there.”
Melvin said the suspect pretended to be a 22-year old woman and convinced the 18-year old female to text message explicit photos.
The extortion began when the suspect then changed his ruse to that of a 14 year old brother who actually received the sexually charged photos. Those text messages warned the 18 year old woman that authorities would be contacted unless she met him for sex.
Sgt Melvin said, “The victim had no idea who she was talking to because all the information was provided through text messaging.”
Luckily the victim went to police.
Detectives traced the messages to 42-year old Jerad Rosenow living in Friend, Nebraska.
Rosenow is a registered sex offender. Six years ago he had been convicted of indecent solicitation of a child in Illinois.
He now faces a felony charge of human trafficking in Sarpy County. That charge based on his attempt to entice or recruit a victim.