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Raleigh middle school student accused of extortion

Posted June 6, 2011 1:17 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2011 3:44 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh middle school student is under investigation for allegedly soliciting photos of female students and threatening to post them online, according to a search warrant returned Monday.

The boy, who isn't identified because he is a juvenile, shared the images with others and posted at least one of the photos on a social networking site, investigators said, to threaten and intimidate a female student.

Authorities are looking at potential charges that include extortion and cyberbullying.

Michael Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, confirmed that the child is a student at Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School.

He was suspended after a disciplinary hearing that found him guilty of sexually harassing, extorting and cyberbullying female students, the search warrant states.

Investigators said in the warrant that school administrators received a tip on April 28 that the boy was showing the photos on his cellphone. A staff member confiscated the phone and notified the school's resource officer.

Authorities seized from the boy's home an Apple MacBook and Apple iPod Touch.

Evans would not comment specifically about the case but said, in general, that the school system does not tolerate such behavior.