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Edmonton teen charged with online “sextortion”

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An Edmonton teen has been charged after allegations that he extorted nude photos from a 16 year old girl. The suspect reportedly befriended the victim on social media back in April and pressured her into sending the pictures.

It’s alleged he then threatened that if she didn’t send more she would be exposed to her friends and family. Police say the two did not know each other, and that the accused was using fake names online.

The “sextortion” was reported using cybertip.ca and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams’ Internet Child Exploitation team was able to identify the person believed to be responsible. The 16 year old boy has been charged with extortion, possession of child pornography and luring.

Authorities are also looking into the possibility of more victims.

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