JACKSON — Felony charges have been filed against a Jackson woman who, reportedly at the behest of a man in Libya whom she was dating, is accused of performing sexual acts on a child on video.
A concerned citizen reported to police that Gabrielle Nelson, 22, had been in a long-distance relationship with the Libyan, and that the man was demanding that Nelson touch the child in sexual videos for him.
Nelson agreed to speak with police. The criminal complaint states that Nelson told officers the Libyan was making her perform sexual acts over video chat. At the request of the Libyan man, Nelson had bought a dog and then performed sexual acts with the dog, she explained, then followed instructions to do similar things with the child.
While Nelson was at the Jackson County Law Enforcement Center downloading her smartphone data for police, the Libyan man reportedly sent a Dropbox link to Nelson and several of her social media and phone contacts that contained three videos and 40 screenshots of Nelson performing sexual acts on the child.
An investigator reviewed the videos and observed that Nelson's face was plainly seen in the videos, and it was clear she was performing sexual acts on a child. Nelson then confirmed the identity of the child, who is younger than 4 years old.
Several people who received the Dropbox link have since come forward to police about the videos' contents.
Nelson was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and use of a minor in sexual performance, both felonies. The criminal sexual conduct charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine, but if convicted, Nelson will be sentenced based on criminal history.
She is being held in Jackson County Jail on bail set at $100,000 with conditions or $200,000 without. Her initial court appearance is Wednesday morning.
The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org.