Hasty in Court Wednesday

By Max Resnik
By Corinne Rose

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A former campus life director for Youth for Christ will be in federal court Wednesday for his detention and probable cause hearings.

Nathan Hasty, 34, of Huntington, is accused of receiving and possessing pictures or videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. According to court documents, Hasty set up fake identities on Facebook, two of which were of a 16-year-old girl, to gain the trust of boys between the ages of 12 and 14 and requested photographs or web camera sessions of the boys semi-nude or fully nude.

For more on the allegations against Hasty, check the related links section.

In Indiana, all citizens are required to report abuse if they suspect an individual has committed it. Lydia Priest-Ferraro, who reminds Northeast Indiana residents of the law, is a disability outreach educator with the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau. She says detecting abusers can sometimes be difficult as profiles cannot be defined by race, class or gender.

In instances where physical contact has been made, Priest-Ferraro says it is usually from an individual close to the victim. She also says the abusers often shower the victim with gifts and often test the victim’s boundaries. One way to prevent possible abuse, according to Priest-Ferraro, is to define sexual expectations and sexual boundaries.

“Parents also need to take the steps to educate their kids about what boundaries are. Is it appropriate to take your clothes off in front of someone? Is it appropriate to send a naked picture of yourself to someone, even if it's to a friend? What are the expectations in the family?”

Priest-Ferraro also stresses the dangers of internet based sexual encounters and says one can never truly know who is sitting on the other side of the conversation.

Whether you have a teen or pre-teen in Youth for Christ or not, you may be wondering the best way to broach the topic with your kids.

We asked psychologist Dr. Stephen Ross how parents should address the topic of what crosses the line -- online -- with their kids.

He says you shouldn't be afraid to bring it up, since teens probably already know about the Nathan Hasty story.

You could simply ask them if they know about it and what they think.

When talking to your pre-teens, Ross suggests asking "Does anyone ever ask you creepy things online?"

He says every parent should have this discussion, and know their children's Facebook password.

Dr. Ross says you can say, "I trust you on the internet, I just don't trust other people on the internet."

"Kids need to know that whatever they're putting out there, and parents need to look at their web page, their Facebook pages. Whatever kids are putting out there, parents have to see it and they need to monitor it," Ross says.

So how do you handle the old, "I have privacy rights, Mom!"?

Dr. Ross says your answer can be "No, you don't, if you live in my home."

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