By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins businessman accused of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, making obscene electronic communications, and soliciting prostitution to Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst while he was working undercover on a teen-age girl’s Snapchat account has been ordered to appear in court on Nov. 4.
Ghassan Ali Alneama, 26, of Stillwater, who remains free on $5,000 bond, could be incarcerated for as long as seven years and fined $8,500 if convicted of all three counts in the case investigated by the Perkins police chief, court records show.
According to the police chief’s affidavit, on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. an 18-year-old girl “arrived at the Perkins Police Department and said she wanted to report some disturbing texts and snapchat conversations she had with Ghassan Alneama after speaking to him about a job opening he had at his office at Ghassan Automotive,” at 1009 West Knipe Street in Perkins.
The girl said “she had heard about a potential job opening in the office at Ghassan Automotive and took a friend with her to check to see if the business was legitimate and potentially complete an application,” the affidavit alleged.
The girl said “she heard about the job on Facebook, which is why she wanted to ensure the business was indeed real,” the affidavit alleged.
The girl “said she spoke to a male who identified himself as Ghassan at Ghassan Automotive and thought the job looked like a good fit for her after Ghassan agreed to change the work hours,” since she attends school, the affidavit alleged.
The girl said “the following day she was contacted on Facebook by Ghassan and he asked for her Snapchat account,” the affidavit alleged. The girl said she “told him she wanted to keep things professional as she was getting ready to work for Ghassan,” who said everything would be professional, so she gave him her Snapchat ID, the affidavit alleged.
The girl said “after adding Ghassan on Snapchat, she began receiving messages about how she was cute and then messages about her buttocks,” the affidavit alleged.
The girl said she “told Ghassan this type of activity was not OK and came to the Police Department to report the messages she received,” the affidavit alleged.
The girl said she “received a message from Ghassan that he sent via Snapchat with a screenshot of himself, which I was able to identify from previously dealings as Ghassan Alneama, wherein he told (the girl) if she sent him photographs of her butt (it) would earn her money,” the Perkins police chief alleged in his affidavit.
The girl said “she didn’t feel comfortable with that and Ghassan responded, ‘Great things never came from comfort zones, seriously. If you want to be successful. You have to take risks and push yourself,'” the affidavit alleged.
The girl asked Ghassan “how sending a picture of her butt would help her succeed and Ghassan responded, ‘It’ll earn you money. Which in turn is a success and will help you meet your goals,'” the affidavit alleged.
The Perkins police chief alleged that the girl “agreed to create a separate Snapchat account and provide me with the log-in credentials so I could chat directly with Ghassan as the chatting made (the girl) feel like she was being ‘verbally raped.'” The girl created a separate Snapchat account and told Ghassan, at which time he added the second account, the affidavit alleged.
On Oct. 9, the girl “received a message on her regular Snapchat account from Ghassan, user name ‘Gee’ asking if she was available for an interview,” the affidavit alleged. The police chief alleged, “At this point, I logged into the account that (the girl) created and began chatting with ‘Gee.'”
“While I was chatting in an undercover capacity as (the girl), ‘Gee’ sent me a video of him flipping through several $100 bills. Gee said the stack of money consisted of $10,000. I told Gee that there was no way he would give me that money and he promised me he would and stated I would just have to take care of him,” the Perkins police chief alleged in his affidavit.
“Gee wanted me to come to his place of business and stated he would pay me $100 to look at my bare butt. Gee later stated he would give me another $100 if we cuddled for a bit. Gee stated if we did more, he would pay me more. Gee went on to say that it would be an easy $100 if I would just show him my bare butt,” the Perkins police chief alleged in his affidavit.
“I told Gee that I wasn’t sure about all of this and he said, Just try it out. It’s easy. I’m easy going. You’ll enjoy it and enjoy the reward and attention I’ll give you,” the Perkins police chief alleged in his affidavit.
“I told Gee that I wouldn’t be able to get away from the house as my mom was gone and I was watching my siblings and have to attend school the next day. The chat continued on with Gee asking for photographs of my butt stating he would pay me $25 per photo if he could save them. Gee also sent me a couple photos of his lap area as he was leaning back in some sort of chair, apparently in an office environment. I ended the chat stating I had to go for the night,” the Perkins police chief alleged in his affidavit.
“All of the chats were photographed using a separate device as Snapchat users are notified when a screenshot is taken of a chat. Chats are also set to automatically disappear after a certain amount of time,” the Perkins police chief alleged in his affidavit.