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Mid-South teen faces extortion charges involving children

Investigators say the suspect lived with his mother, had graduated from high school, and was planning to go to college. Investigators say he used a computer at his home. Investigators say the suspect lived with his mother, had graduated from high school, and was planning to go to college. Investigators say he used a computer at his home.

(WMC-TV) - A teen faces charges after two children became the victims of Internet extortion.

"Children were sending photos of themselves, and they were receiving photos of a woman," said Jackson Police Department captain Tyreece Miller Jackson.

A photo of a woman was downloaded from a porn site and sent by a 17-year-old boy to a 12-year-old and another 17-year-old boy.

Miller says the two teen victims met the 17-year-old suspect on the Internet, and they sent nude photos of themselves to the teenager they thought was a woman.

"The suspect, he told them, 'Continuing sending me pictures. If you don't ... The one's you've already sent me ... These are going to be put on the internet,' " said Jackson.

Miller says that was last year.

The 12-year-old and 17-year-old victims went to law enforcement. But investigators had no way to track the suspect until a year later, when he made the same threat. He also created Facebook accounts in the victims names.

Those accounts lead police to the suspect.

Investigators say the suspect lived with his mother, had graduated from high school, and was planning to go to college. Investigators say he used a computer at his home.

"He published their photos under their names and sent friend requests to their actual friends," said Jackson.

The two victims do not know each other.

Investigators want the 17-year-old tried as an adult.

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