‘Sexploitation’ lands Monteagle man in jail on two counts alleging misconduct with minors

TBI seeking other potential victims

A Grundy County man has been charged in a sextortion case, accused of soliciting minors for photos and threatening to share them if they didn't send more.

Austin Tyler Olszewski, 24, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking for more victims, according to an agency news release.

The TBI's Internet Crimes Against Children squad teamed with the Monteagle Police Department, the release states.

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Monteagle detectives and TBI agents launched the investigation Monday after learning Friday of an account user who had been receiving child sexual abuse material from underage girls via Snapchat, authorities said.

Olszewski allegedly made threats to post photos of a minor if she did not send him more child sex abuse material, a process often referred to as "sextortion," the TBI said. The agency was working on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Olszewski is being held without bond at the Grundy County Jail and faces a Dec. 14 date in General Sessions Court, according to officials in Sheriff Heath Gunter's office.

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The investigation remains active and ongoing, authorities said, and the TBI is seeking more information on other potential victims.

Anyone who may have had communication with Snapchat account t_rexbaby21 is asked to contact the TBI at 800-TBI-FIND.

Contact Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569.

  photo  Contributed / Austin Tyler Olszewski, 25.

  photo  Staff Photo by Ben Benton / A Grundy County Jail inmate's hands can be seen in 2010 at the county's former lockup.

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