'Sextortionist' allegedly lured 245 teenage girls by impersonating a celebrity then blackmailed them into sending him nude selfies and
‘Sextortionist’ allegedly lured 245 teenage girls by impersonating a celebrity then blackmailed them into sending him nude selfies and videos
- The 25-year-old man from Parkwood, in Perth, is facing a total of 247 charges
- He is accused of blackmailing 245 teen girls to send him nude selfies and videos
- Police allege he pretended to be a celebrity when he befriended the 245 girls
- He first appeared in court on October 23 for 113 offences relating to 112 victims
A man allegedly impersonated a celebrity to befriend and blackmail 245 teenage girls into sending him nude selfies and videos.
The 25-year-old from Parkwood, south east of Perth, is facing 247 charges including child sexual abuse and extortion.
Police will allege he began talking to the girls in Australia and overseas and gained their trust while pretending to be a celebrity.
Police will allege he befriended the girls in Australia and overseas while pretending to be a celebrity (stock)
The Western Australia joint anti-child exploitation team began investigating the man after a tip off from US’ Homeland Security investigators about an Australian allegedly targeting girls online.
Police allegedly found more than 2,000 images, most sexually explicit, of girls on an electronic device during a search on his home.
Further investigations allegedly found screenshots of the chats the man allegedly had with his victims.
He first appeared in court on October 23 accused of 113 crimes against 112 victims.
A 13-year-old girl from the US told police that she thought the person she was speaking to was 15.
The man allegedly targetted 245 teenage girls and blackmailed them to send nude selfies and videos (stock)
She claimed he started asking sexually explicit questions before sending her edited screenshots of the chat to show that she was interested in his sexual fantasies.
The man then allegedly threatened to send the chat to her family and friend if she did not do what he requested.
He allegedly forced her to take off her clothes and engage in sexual acts, while he and others watched her online.
Police will allege the same man used similar deceit to blackmail other girls in various countries into providing him with sexually explicit images or videos.
They have not ruled out charging the man with more sex crimes.
The man is due to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court via video link on Friday.
How to stay safe online
- Do not send any more personal images or videos
- Get support from a trusted friend or family member, or professional support services
- Collect as much evidence as you can, including screenshots, URLs or any other records
- Block the person’s number/profile/email address (do this after collecting evidence)
- Giving in to requests is not encouraged, once you have complied with their demands there is nothing preventing them from targeting you again
- Report the matter to police