Police: Franklinton man targeted teen boys
Posted April 12, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Detectives believe a Franklinton man charged Thursday with the sexual exploitation of a minor has been targeting teenage boys online for more than a year.
According to search warrants, Mitchell Franklin Louws, 18, maintained several Facebook accounts since January 2012 in order to pose as a woman or teenage girl to obtain nude photos of teenage boys. Police said he would send nude or racy photos of a woman to entice the boys to send pictures of themselves in exchange.
If the boys refused to send more images, police said, Louws would threaten to send the explicit photos to the victims’ families and post them on social media sites.
Raleigh police said Louws maintained one fake account with the name Jessica Boardman. Using that persona, he would offer to have sex with the victims if the boys would “pass a test first” by having sex with a man. He would give the boys a phone number and tell them to contact Mitchell Louws, according to the warrants.
Police were able to use the phone number and IP addresses to track Louws to the home he shares with his parents on Timberlake Road.
Louws was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of extortion in connection with a 13-year-old boy.
Bond information was unavailable.