It’s one of the fastest-growing threats to children between the ages of 13 and 18, despite warnings from multiple law enforcement agencies including the FBI.
The agency defines ‘Sextortion’ as a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them with images of a sexual nature, sexual favors orMONEY
The interaction usually starts out seemingly harmless with messages exchanged in aCHAT ROOMS
But very quickly the relationship escalates with flirting and inappropriate comments.
The suspect will obtain private information and photos from the target and then begin making demands.
Sometimes the perpetrator will even hack into aCOMPUTER
“We lock our doors at night, but do we turn off theCOMPUTER
Just last year in Cuyahoga county,INVESTIGATORS
The girl was too scared to tell anyone but her parents eventually found out and called police.
O’Banion was arrested and convicted, but committed suicide before starting his sentence.
A Wisconsin teen named Anthony Stancl was a high school senior when he baited dozens of boys posing as a female on Facebook and then forced them to send naked pictures and perform sex acts.
Agent Anderson says now more than ever it’s important for parents to monitor their children’s computers and cellPHONES
She says never take or share risque photos and be carefulSHARING
Parents also need to keep the lines of communication open with their children, and make sure they feel safe sharing any inappropriate messages or threats they’ve received or sent before things escalate.