Edmonton Teen Charged With Online 'Sextortion'

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EDMONTON — An Edmonton teenager has been charged in what police are calling a case of online sextortion.

Edmonton's Internet Child Exploitation team arrested the 16-year-old boy earlier this week and charged him with extortion, possession of child pornography and luring.

Police say a 16-year-old girl was befriended on social media in April and pressured into sending nude photos.

They allege the girl was threatened that if she didn't continue sending the photos, she would be exposed to friends and family members.

Police say the complainant and the accused were not known to each other, and they are investigating the possibility of more complainants coming forward.

Signy Arnason, director of Cybertip.ca, says parents needed to use such real-life examples to discuss the risks of the online world with their children.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection tells youth who may be dealing with online blackmail or extortion to never comply with the threat, block the person from all accounts, deactivate any accounts used to communicate with the individual, and tell an adult what is happening.

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