An Edmonton teenager has been arrested and charged following a case of online sextortion.
ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team claims the suspect extorted nude photos from an Edmonton teenage girl via social media.
Edmonton police arrested the 16-year-old Wednesday and charged him with extortion, possession of child pornography and luring.
This case dates back to April when the 16-year-old female victim was befriended on social media and pressured into sending nude photos. The victim was allegedly threatened into complying, and further threatened that if she did not continue to send nude photos she would be exposed to friends and family members.
Eventually the victim contacted Cybertip.ca. The investigation was then referred to the ICE team in June and investigators were able to identify the suspect, who had been using fictitious online aliases. The suspect and victim were not known to each other.
ICE is investigating the possibility of there being more victims.