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Teenagers speak out about registered sex offender


Social media helped introduce a registered sex offender to young, aspiring models.

Randall Trenary was arrested Monday in Dubuque after being accused of taking nude photos of girls in the Dubuque area.

Now, some teenagers are talking about how they felt sexually exploited during their photo sessions. Maddy Powell and Gabrial Westemeier  both had photo sessions with Trenary. Although the teenagers did not pose nude, they say they still felt sexually exploited. 

"I don't really know how to explain it," she said. "It was comforting but not really, because he did show pictures of nudes that he had taken of other people and would bring up how when I am 18 I could do nudes."

Powell said she had friends that were modeling with Trenary as well. Gabrial Westemeier also was a model for Trenary.

Westemeier was approached by Trenary on Facebook after "liking" his photography page. She also had friends that had gotten photos taken by him.

"In a way, I kind of got a weird vibe from it," she said. "My mom immediately sensed that something doesn't feel right, but I just kept telling her 'Oh, just ignore it, it will be fun.'"

"I thought he was a professional," Westemeier added."If they are professional, then they couldn't be like that. There is no way if they were a professional that they could have that type of background."

Westemeier said her first photo shoot was in May. She says after that, Trenary remained in contact with her.

"He would talk to me daily," she said. "Just the simple saying, 'good morning' and 'good night.' I just thought, 'He's not trying to do anything.'"

Powell said Trenary also remained in contact with her.

"He used to 'Snap Chat' a lot of us -- that's how he would remain in contact with us," Powell said.

Powell said she would never respond to those Snap Chats. When she found out Trenary was arrested, she was shocked.

"I felt disrespected and disgusted because I just couldn't believe it," she said.

Anyone with information pertaining to Trenary is asked to contact Dubuque Police.

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