FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - During a probable cause hearing in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, federal prosecutors called Nathan Hasty, a former campus life director for Youth for Christ, a wolf in lamb's clothing.
Hasty is accused of setting up three fake Facebook accounts with the goal of interacting with young boys. On two of the accounts, he allegedly pretended to be a 16-year-old girl. On the third account, Hasty allegedly pretended to be a 19-year-old boy. Under all three accounts, he is accused of soliciting nude and sexually explicit photos and videos of young boys between the ages of 12 and 14.
At Wednesday's probable cause hearing, Hasty's defense lawyer asked the judge to release Hasty until a verdict has been reached in his trial. The defense argued that Hasty's mom would monitor his actions and remove any electronics from the home, but the prosecution argued that it would be impossible to constantly watch someone who has already demonstrated their ability to lead a double life.
The defense also said that Hasty did not come in direct physical contact with any of the boys in question. In addition, the judge was told that Hasty sought out counseling after his arrest, showing his interest in getting treatment.
Prosecutors, however, argued that it was also after Hasty's arrest that he reactivated his personal Facebook account. They also said that Hasty presented an added layer of danger to the community because he allegedly targeted local children.
According to prosecutors, Hasty used a Facebook photo of a female Huntington North High School student as his own profile picture on one of his fake Facebook accounts.
The judge ruled that Hasty will be remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals. His arraignment has been set for October 25th at 1:30 p.m.
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