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Nebraska man to be detained as county case goes to federal courts

WORTHINGTON -- A document ordering the detention of a Nebraska man accused of sexually exploiting a Nobles County teenager was filed in federal court Tuesday. According to the document, no evidence assuring the safety of the people in his community was presented at the detention hearing.

In May, Michael Kevin Tramp, 49, was charged in Nobles County District Court with four counts of electronic solicitation of a child. The complaint states that in the month of April, Tramp allegedly used telecommunications to solicit pictures and video of a 13-year-old girl.

The alleged communications were discovered by the girl's mother, who reported to authorities a man was having conversations sexual in nature with her child. The girl said she thought "Kevin" got her phone number from his nephew, an acquaintance of one of her friends.

She said the man, who claimed to be 28 years old, knew she was 13. He would ask her for phone sex, she said, and send her explicit pictures. Tramp allegedly offered the girl money to take pictures and video of her and a friend performing sex acts.

Through some controlled communications between the girl and Tramp, authorities observed messages Tramp had sent that were sexually graphic in nature.

The girl denied giving Tramp her address or sending any pictures, but later admitted to both.

Tramp's number was confirmed as belonging to him through a subpoena. Tramp lives in Crofton, Neb., with a wife and children, including a teenage daughter.

Through Nebraska's federal court, Tramp is charged with sexual exploitation of a juvenile, receipt and distribution of child pornography, transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Tramp pleaded not guilty to all four counts Oct. 1.

The detention order states "no condition or combination of conditions will reasonable assure the appearance of the defendant as required and the safety of any other person and the community."

Tramp is committed to the custody of the attorney general for confinement in a corrections facility. He pleaded not guilty to his charges in Nobles County, and the case has been set for a two-day trial, according to Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore. With Tramp in federal custody, his federal case will likely come up for trial first.