Nineteen year old male facing ten charges of sexual abuse of minors

(Casper, Wyo.) - Nineteen year old Casper man, Austin Barelle has been charged with ten counts of sexual abuse of a minor following a relationship with an underage female that lasted approximately three months according to reports. Barelle has been charged with five counts of 2nd degree sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse of a minor. Reports show that in February 2016, the female's Ipad had been taken by school staff because she had been sending nude photos to older males. School staff observed sexually explicit messages from imessages, Skype and facetime applications, according to court records. The Ipad was collected by authorities and logged into evidence. Investigators searched the Ipad and one of the contacts came up in the CAD system as Austin Barelle. In March 2016, the female, whose age was not released, was taken to the Natrona County Child Advocacy Project where she stated that her and Barelle had been having sexual relations shortly after dating in October 2015. Court records indicate that police investigators reached out to Barelle for an interview, and he declined to appear for an interview and stated he was going to seek legal council. During his initial appearance today, he did not enter pleas to the felony counts and his bond was set at $25,000. #oilcity #news