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Former MSUM youth swimming lesson instructor charged with luring, child porn

Nicholas Wayne Asmann

FARGO – A former instructor for a Minnesota State University Moorhead youth swimming lesson program has been charged in Cass County District Court with luring minors by computer and possessing child pornography.

According to documents filed with the court:

In early March, North Dakota law enforcement officers received a tip from Minnesota authorities regarding Nicholas Wayne Asmann, 23, of Fargo.

The tip indicated Asmann had communicated with a child under the age of 15 over Skype and that he had exposed his private parts to the child over the internet.

The child indicated that Asmann asked him to remove his clothes and send nude photos of himself to Asmann, and also that Asmann indicated he taught swimming lessons at the Dragon Swim School and that he would be present in the locker room when children were changing during swim class.

The child told authorities he believed Asmann was also trying to engage other children over Skype.

The Skype interaction allegedly occurred between January 2015 and May 2017.

The investigation led to a search of Asmann’s apartment in Fargo, which discovered a photo and a video on electronics belonging to Asmann that appeared to show images of nude boys, according to court documents.

In an interview with authorities, Asmann admitted having Skype chats with underage individuals “that went too far,” court documents state.

An official with the Dragon Swim School told an investigator that Asmann was a coach at the school starting in about 2014 and that he left the school after the summer of 2016 to take an IT job in Fargo.

Asmann was arrested Wednesday, May 17, and as of Friday afternoon remained in the Cass County Jail.

In a statement released Friday, MSUM spokesman David Wahlberg said the university has no record of complaints against Asmann.

“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation and encourage anyone with information to contact a law enforcement agency,” he said in the statement.

Dave Olson
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