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Felon used tattoos to lure teen girls into sex: Police

Schwartz

Sex with 14-year-old girls, exchanging tattoos for sex or nude photos of minors, robbing people of money and posting child pornography online.

That’s what Jason Lee Schwartz’s lifestyle consisted of during a four-month span this year, according to DeKalb Superior Court documents.

And it’s a lifestyle that has landed the 29-year-old ex-con in jail on a plethora of charges.

The DeKalb County prosecutor formally charged Schwartz, of Butler, with 22 felony counts this week.

These counts range from sexual misconduct with a minor and child molesting to the tattooing of a minor, robbery and possession of child pornography.

According to court documents written by Detective Adam D. Friedel of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, 27 girls between the ages of 13 and 15 and a half-dozen other witnesses who were interviewed told investigators about Schwartz’s life between March and June:

•One 14-year-old girl said she had several three-way sex sessions with Schwartz and 22-year-old Brittany Garman of St. Joe, who in May was charged with molesting the girl.

•Two 14-year-old girls said they had sex with Schwartz while all three were together at least once.

•Several girls between the ages of 13 and 15 said Schwartz gave them tattoos without their parents’ consent. Sometimes he would ask for sex in exchange; other times, for nude pictures.

•Some girls who gave him pictures said Schwartz would then threaten to post those pictures online unless they gave him money or sex.

•One 13-year-old girl said she received tattoos from him and that he threatened to beat her up or kill her unless she had sex with him, which she eventually did.

•He coerced $50 from that same girl later after threatening to tell her mother about the tattoos.

•He coerced $30 more from a different girl after threatening to post revealing pictures of her on Facebook unless she paid.

Schwartz was able to get away with this lifestyle while living at the home of two teenagers whose mother spent most of her time at a boyfriend’s house, according to court documents.

When Friedel of the sheriff’s department looked at Schwartz’s Facebook page, he noticed the overwhelming majority of his friends were adolescent girls, he wrote in court documents.

And when he examined his cellphone, he found amorous texts between him and one of the 14-year-old girls he had sex with many times.

“The text messages I reviewed are replete with talk of their love, their sexual desires for each other, their intentions to marry, and concerns about her getting pregnant,” Friedel wrote in court documents.

Schwartz was convicted of felony burglary in Elkhart County in 2003 and felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury in DeKalb County in 2010.

He was on parole when arrested and is being held without bail.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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