Nicholas Kurtz (Photo: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Courtroom sketch of Kurtz from Thursday (Source: FOX19 NOW/Lakisha Tisdale)
(Photo: Nicholas Kurtz/Facebook)
CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
A Clearcreek Township man pleaded not guilty to two counts of coercion and enticement of minors after being charged by the FBI.
Nicholas Kurtz, 21, allegedly coerced and enticed five underage girls, ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old, through various online messaging platforms, according to the FBI. Kurtz's communication with the teens began in September 2013 and continued through January 2015.
The underage girls lived in Wisconsin, New York, Virginia, Michigan and Maryland. According to court documents, Kurtz met the underage girls through Internet platforms such as Skype, Instagram, Kik and ooVoo.
According to the Clearcreek Police Chief John Terrill, investigators initially gathered evidence and believed there could be as many as 50 victims. Terrill said investigators would be looking further to determine if there are more than the five alleged victims stated in the FBI affidavit.
Kurtz is being held for U.S. Marshals in the Butler County Jail without bond.
Background of the FBI investigation:
Beginning around November of 2014, officers and agents of the Cross Plains, Wisconsin Police Department and Wisconsin Department of Justice investigated information provided by a 14-year-old teenage girl referred to as "Minor Female A," who communicated with a person known as "Chase Rein" (who later was identified by investigators as Kurtz) on various social media accounts in late 2014, according to court documents.
As the investigation continued, five teenage girls in total provided information to the FBI. These teens are referred to as Minor Females A, B, C, D and E in the affidavit.
It was found that Kurtz misrepresented himself to the teens on multiple occasions, documents show.
Several conversations took place with each of the minors. These conversations are detailed in the affidavit.
Warning: The documents detailing Kurtz's affidavit are found at this link. The documents include social media conversations with details that may be disturbing to some.
Court documents show that Kurtz requested pornographic videos and photos from Minor Females A, B, D and E. On one occasion, Minor Female B sent 20-25 nude and/or indecent photos to him, according to documents. On two separate occasions, Kurtz threatened to post alleged photos and videos of Minor Females A and B if they ended communications, the victims told investigators.
Two of the females allegedly did not send pornographic photos to Kurtz. According to the affidavit, Female Minor D did not send pornographic photos and Female Minor E did not send him photos.
On one occasion, he sent unwanted pornographic videos to Minor Female A, documents show.
Kurtz told several minors that they were his property, according to the affidavit. Documents show Kurtz encouraged Minor Female A and D to call him "master" and threatened to harm Minor Female A if she did not do so. Kurtz also referred to Minor Female D as his "slave."
He made several demands of Female Minors A and C, and exhibited controlling behavior such as instructing one of the teens to get dressed for school via Skype, according to FBI investigators. Kurtz threatened to harm the victims and their family and friends if the victims did not comply with his demands, and he also threatened to harm and kill himself, according to court documents.