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Prosecutors: More Women Coming Forward in Dubuque Nude Photography Case
by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Wisconsin man who police say took nude photos of underage women in Dubuque will remain behind bars on a $50,000 bond.
Investigators say professional photographer Randall Trenary promised teenage women a modeling career in exchange for letting him take naked pictures of them.
Since Trenary's arrest, prosecutors say dozens of young women have come forward saying Trenary also asked them to pose nude.
Trenary currently faces one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
With promises of a glamorous lifestyle and gifts of clothes and cell phones, police say Randy Trenary was attempting to groom teenage girls.
Lt. Scott Baxter said, "It's a classic predator. There's no better way to describe it. He's preying on these girls. "
In Court Thursday morning Prosecutors urged a judge to keep Trenary behind bars.
Assistant County Attorney Chris Corken said, "There's no way of protecting the community, I mean the entire community, but also the community of vulnerable young girls who believe they're being enticed into a modeling career. "
Police are investigating claims Trenary also made sexual advances on the young women he photographed.
Investigators still aren't sure where the nude pictures ended up.
"There are no indicators that it's been dispersed but we can't rule that out yet," said Baxter." Obviously the internet is very vast and it's not to say that they are not out there. "
Court documents reveal Trenary also asked some girls to Snapchat naked pictures of themselves.That's an app on smartphones that allows users to take a quick picture or video and sent it to a friend. The idea is once once the friend sees the photo it disappears after a few seconds.But police warn, the receiver can simply take a picture of the picture with their phone.
"Basically you have to take the approach that once you've sent it out it's out there. Regardless of what you think. Just act as though it could be out there permanently. If it's not something you'd want your Grandma to see, you shouldn't be sending it, " said Baxter.
On Thursday, a Dubuque County judge ruled to keep Trenary's bond set at $50,000.
Trenary is a registered sex offender in the state of Wisconsin.