A Faribault man was charged in Waseca County Court after admitting to law enforcement that he offered to a woman he knew was little money for sex.
Austin Blake Beytien, 21, was charged Thursday with a crime of prostitution for offering to hire someone under the age of 18 but at least 16 years of age for sexual contact. He is also charged with indecent exposure, an offense.
According to the criminal complaint, the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Jan. 1 of a 21-year-old man who allegedly sent inappropriate pictures and videos to a 16-year-old woman on the Snapchat social media platform. Investigators confirmed that the victim had received messages from Beytien offering to give the victim money for sex. Beytien asked the victim not to tell anyone and sent her a photo revealing his genitals and a video where he was masturbating.
Investigators spoke to Beytien on January 4th. During the interview, Beytien confirmed that he was the person in the photo with the genitals exposed and that he knew the victim was a minor. According to the criminal complaint, Beytien told investigators that he did not believe he sent the photo to the victim. Beytien confirmed that he had sent all messages to the victim, including messages related to the victim’s payment for sex, according to court documents. Beytien also told investigators that the victim had never engaged in sexual conversations and that she called Beytien a “horror” of the two cases in which the victims responded to him. The report said that Beytien “confirmed that he knew what he did was wrong” and that people “should get involved in things they do illegally”.
Due to the gravity of the charges, an arrest warrant for Beytien was requested and issued on Thursday to ensure public safety and to impose release conditions.
Beytien is currently in custody in Waseca County Jail and the unconditional bail has been set at $ 20,000. His first appearance in court is scheduled for January 27th.
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