NEWS
05/27/2016 07:28 EDT | Updated 05/28/2017 01:12 EDT

Southern Alberta man faces child porn, extortion charges involving 14-year-old

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A young man in southern Alberta faces child pornography charges over allegations he extorted nude photos from a 14-year-old girl.

Lethbridge police say the girl told investigators the 18-year-old man befriended her last year on social media.

Police say the man knows the girl but contacted her using false identities.

Investigators say once the girl sent the man some images he threatened to post the pictures publicly and send them to her family unless she sent him more.

The man is charged with child pornography, extortion, child luring and other offences.

Police say he is not being named to protect the identity of the girl.

"This case exemplifies the risks associated with online photo sharing," Const. Jason Richmond, an investigator with Albert's Integrated Child Exploitation Unit said in a release Friday.

"Once you hit send, you lose complete control over how that image is going to be used – or come back to haunt you."

Police do not believe there are other victims.