A 20-year-old man is accused of trading vape pods for sex acts with teenage girls, Missouri police say.
Now he’s charged with sex trafficking.
Seth P. Nieters met two 13-year-old girls on Snapchat, offering to sell them smoking pods in exchange for sex acts, according to St. Charles County police.
One of the girls told police that she met with Nieters with money to pay for the smoking pods, but he asked if she wanted to “do stuff” instead of paying, according to the affidavit. He told the girl of a “tiered system” where certain sex acts are worth a different number of pods, police said.
In one instance, Nieters offered four smoking pods in exchange for performing oral sex on the girl, according to the affidavit. She changed her mind, pushed Nieters away and he told the girl to get out of his truck before speeding away, police said.
The girl told police she knew of other people who traded sex acts with Nieters for smoking pods, according to the affidavit.
Another 13-year-old girl told police that Nieters sent her a Snapchat picture of a box of condoms before meeting at her house to sell her pods, according to the affidavit. They engaged in sex acts in the back of his truck, and the girl returned to her house with the pods, police said.
In both cases, Nieters told the girls he was 16 years old, police said.
In an interview, Nieters told police he had no sexual conversations with the girls. Then Nieters told them the girls initiated the talk about sex and that he didn’t agree to any sexual contact, according to the affidavit.
Later, Nieters told the investigators that he accidentally sent pictures of his penis and the box of condoms and only joked about exchanging the pods for sex, police said.
During a search of Nieter’s home, police reported finding a revolver-style BB gun, a smoking pod and a “rainbow-printed zebra-style” blanket described by one of the girls as being used to clean up after sex, according to the affidavit.
Nieters was charged with second-degree sex trafficking of a child.