Court Documents Reveal Year-Long Interaction, “Hundreds” of Nude Photos Sent Via Snapchat

18-year-old Nicholas Charles Schmidt appeared in Minnehaha County Court Thursday

BALTIC, S.D. – An 18-year-old Baltic man is facing three counts of child pornography charges and three counts of rape after a 16-year-old girl confronted police earlier this month.

The girl told police she used Snapchat to send hundreds of nude photos of herself to the defendant who then saved the pictures, and threatened to show them to people if she did not send him more.

18-year-old Nicholas Charles Schmidt appeared in Minnehaha County Court Thursday afternoon on the six charges. Court documents say Schmidt and the 16-year-old girl met in April of 2016, and that’s when she began sending the photos.

The girl told police Schmidt would “get mad” if she refused to send the photos, and threatened to show the pictures to people at her school if she didn’t continue sending them.

Court documents also describe physical encounters between Schmidt and the girl.

The girl also told police Schmidt intimidated her into performing sexual acts on him when he picked her up from work.

She tells police he picked her up several times and drove to a nearby field, where she says he “intimidated her” to perform sexual acts on him.

When brought in for questioning, Schmidt admitted to “hanging out” with the girl, and told detectives he believed their interactions were “consensual.”

A search warrant on his iPhone revealed three naked photos of the girl.

Schmidt was charged and booked into the Minnehaha County Jail on Wednesday.

Schmidt pled “not guilty” to the charges.

His lawyers waived their right to argue bond, which the judge set at $10,000, cash-only.

If Schmidt posts bond, the judge ordered him to have no contact with the 16-year-old girl and to stay off the internet.

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