10/18/2012 07:41 EDT | Updated 12/18/2012 05:12 EST

Sexting Extortion: Toronto Boy Charged For Allegedly Trying To Extort Girl

TORONTO - Police say a Toronto teen is facing charges for allegedly trying to extort a girl using photos she sent him online.

Investigators say the teen girl began an online relationship with the boy, during which she sent him intimate photos of herself.

Police allege the boy then used the photos in an attempt to manipulate and coerce the girl into sending him a video of herself.

When she refused, police say the boy gained access to the girl's email account and sent the photos to several of her email contacts.

The boy is charged with making, possession and distribution of child pornography, extortion, and threatening death.

The name of the accused cannot be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Investigators say they case highlights the dangers of "sexting" and urge anyone with information regarding online sexual exploitation of children to contact police.

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