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Investigator: Jonesborough man asked to watch 2 minors have sex on video

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 8:29 PM

The Jonesborough man accused last week of soliciting sex from a minor offered to pay the boy three times to have sex with an underage girl and wanted him to capture the acts on camera, according to court records filed by a Washington County Sheriff’s Department investigator.

Brian Lee Plasschaert, 35, 217 Price Road, was arrested March 9 on multiple charges resulting from thousands of text messages with the boy. His wife, April Plasschaert, was also accused of lying to investigators about her knowledge of the case.

According to an affidavit of complaint filed by Investigator Nicki Salyer, the Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the accusations Feb. 20, and the boy later provided investigators with his cellphone, which revealed text messages between Jan. 8 and Feb. 22. The texts included specific instructions on how the boy could perform sexual acts with the girl, as well as locations to attempt them.

On three occasions, Brian Plasschaert offered to pay the boy to perform sexual acts with the girl, Salyer wrote in the complaint, and he asked the boy to photograph and video the two minors performing various sex acts. Salyer wrote that he also sent the boy a link to a pornographic video.

Brian Plasschaert was charged with four counts of solicitation of a minor, two counts of solicitation to observe sexual conduct, promoting the gathering of minors and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.

After the allegations were reported, investigators also interviewed April Plasschaert on Feb. 22. According to second court record, the woman initially left deputies believing the accusations against her husband were false and the text messages had been taken out of context.

Deputies later learned she had actually provided the accusations to her sister-in-law over the last few months as she had expressed concerns about her husband’s behavior, according to the complaint. When she was re-interviewed Feb. 23, she told investigators she had made the allegations but she had no reason to believe her husband had acted inappropriately.

But when the boy was interviewed the same day, he showed investigators text messages with April Plasschaert and her husband matching the allegations. Slayer wrote that April Plasschaert had been made aware of the texts on Feb. 15, so she had intentionally lied to hinder the investigation.

April Plasschaert also was arrested March 9 and charged with two counts false reporting.

Both Brian and April Plasschaert remained free on bond with Sessions Court appearances set for April 18.

In a news release issued Thursday, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said more than 4,000 text messages were exchanged between the parties involved.

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