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Sexting leads to charges against Superior teen

A Superior teen is facing felony charges stemming from nude photos and videos of a 15-year-old girl found on his cell phone. Austin Olay Yabandith, 17, was charged with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, sexual exploitation of a chi...

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A Superior teen is facing felony charges stemming from nude photos and videos of a 15-year-old girl found on his cell phone.

Austin Olay Yabandith, 17, was charged with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, sexual exploitation of a child by a person under 18 years of age and possession of child pornography. He waived a preliminary hearing last week in Douglas County Circuit Court and was bound over for arraignment Oct. 18.

According to the criminal complaint: The victim's mother notified officials at Superior High School that nude photos of her daughter were being shown to students at school. The 15-year-old told officials that she sent nude photos of herself to another minor student about a month ago via Snapchat and that he took screen shots of the pictures she sent, saved them and showed them to other students. Usually, Snapchat pictures and messages disappear from the recipient's phone after a few seconds.

The teen said she had also been sending sexually explicit photos of herself to her boyfriend, Yabandith. The girl estimated she sent about 50 or more sexual photos of herself to Yabandith as well as videos of herself posing nude. She believed he kept some of those on his phone.

Yabandith allowed police to search his phone. They found numerous nude pictures and videos of the 15-year-old, including a video allegedly taken by Yabandith showing him having sex with her.

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A $5,000 signature bond was set for Yabandith and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim and another person.

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