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Wake deputies investigating extortion case involving home-schooled students

Posted February 4, 2015

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— Wake County sheriff's deputies are investigating a case involving home-schooled students who were targets of online extortion.

According to a search warrant returned Wednesday, a victim went to authorities in June, saying she received from an unknown email address a message with a "fake conversation" saying she had agreed to have sex with a 16-year-old.

"The email said if the victim did not send them another nude picture, they would send the conversation to all her contacts," the warrant says. "This same conversation has been sent to several people via email and Facebook."

All of the messages were sent to a group of five home-schooled students and their family members, the warrant continues. 

Investigators used the warrant to obtain access to several pieces of electronic equipment, including a desktop computer, two laptops, a video camera, a digital camera, three cellphones and 11 discs.

It wasn't immediately clear if anyone has been charged in the case. The warrant does not list a suspect.

The incident should be a lesson to all teenagers, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

β€œTo the teenagers that's listening to this, when you get something like this, even though you've done something that's wrong, you can't correct a wrong with another wrong,” he said. β€œAnd so, you need to say hey, this is going on, because if you give in, and comply with the request, then you got a whole lot more problems.”

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  • Dan Homiller Feb 5, 2015
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    Doubt it. Sounds like the bad guy pretended to be a kid and persuaded the victim to send a nude selfie, and then followed up with the extortion email. That's the standard approach. All kids need to be aware of it - don't send nude or embarrassing pictures to anyone, even if you trust them. The recipient might not be who you think he/she is.

  • Olenc Native Feb 4, 2015
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    Holy cow, what a story. How old is the victim? Sounds like she's an adult and the person who sent the e-mail is a minor?

    Another picture?

    WRAL, please post update.