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Suspect arrested for assaulting teen he met online

Released on Tuesday, December 29, 2020
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com, Website: www.fcgov.com/police/
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  • Strauss booking photo

Fort Collins Police detectives recently arrested a 42-year-old man for sexually assaulting a young teen he met online.

Based on the investigation, police determined that Nathaniel Strauss, 42, initiated conversation through a social meetup app and told the victim he was 28. The two arranged to meet on several occasions and engaged in sexual activity. The victim’s parent contacted police after learning about the interactions and shared concerns about their child’s involvement with an adult male. Upon further investigation, detectives identified the suspect as Strauss, who is a registered sex offender.

“Predators often use social apps to find underage victims and engage in grooming behavior, like complimenting them, giving gifts, and offering them a place to stay,” said Sgt. Heather Moore, who leads the FCPS Crimes Against Persons Unit. “This disturbing pattern of behavior often culminates in illegal activity that can result in lasting physical and emotional harm to victims.”

Strauss faces charges of Sexual Assault (class 1 misdemeanor), Obscenity to a Minor (class 6 felony), and Unlawful Sexual Contact (class 4 felony). A booking photo is attached courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

Police are concerned that other underage victims may exist. Anyone with information about this suspect or case, who has not already spoken to police, is encouraged to contact Detective Laura Knudsen at 970-416-2771. People who wish to remain anonymous may also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Parents and caregivers can learn about internet safety and access more resources at https://www.fcgov.com/police/digital-safety.