State prosecutors have accused a Lincoln man of enticing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution, child sexual assault and possessing child pornography, according to court documents.
And the Nebraska attorney general's office believes Ahmad Salem may have victimized others.
Salem, 29, appeared via video monitor from the Saline County jail Friday, where prosecutors apprised him of the 11 felony charges against him, including three counts of sex trafficking a minor and one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child.
In court documents, investigator Ed Sexton of the attorney general's office said Salem first came under criminal suspicion after a 17-year-old girl reported to Seward police that he coerced her into having sex at a hotel last year by threatening to release nude photos of her to her friends and family.
Salem, in that instance, began communicating with the girl using a Facebook account bearing the name Yousif Shad, Sexton said.
When investigators combed through Salem's Facebook messages, they discovered a string of messages with a 15-year-old Crete girl dating to at least 2016.
Then 27, Salem began offering the girl $500 to $800 to perform sexual acts on him, Sexton alleges in an affidavit to arrest Salem.
The investigator specifically alleges Salem enticed the girl into prostituting herself, which meets the state definition of sex trafficking a minor, according to the court documents.
The girl told staff at the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln that Salem picked her up in Crete in February and they drove around as she performed a sex act, Sexton said.
Afterward, he dropped her off at the town's library but never paid her as he said he would, she reported.
The messages show Salem also requested and received sexually explicit photos from the girl, the investigator said.
Prosecutors have charged Salem with misdemeanor stalking in the Seward County case, court records show. That case is pending.
In his Saline County court appearance Friday, Judge Linda Bauer ordered Salem not to contact the 15-year-old girl or anyone younger than 18. She also barred him from using the internet.
Salem's lawyer declined to comment, saying he hadn't had time to review the case.
Punishment for the offenses Salem is accused of range from two years in prison to a life term.
He remained in jail Friday on $250,000 bond.
Officials from the Nebraska attorney general's office encourage anyone who has had inappropriate contact with Salem to call 402-471-2683.
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