The FBI announced today (07/30) that a 23 year old male, Jordan James Kirby from California was sentenced to 29 years, in federal prison, for attempting to produce child pornography and enticing a minor.
The release provided the accused's modus operandi as:
... used Facebook to solicit juvenile girls (as well as women) for sexually explicit photos, which he would then use to extort the victims for additional pictures and/or for sex acts with him ...... by creating .... several bogus Facebook profiles through which he contacted hundreds of victims, many of whom were minor females. He would sometimes claim to be an agent for a modeling company and, after complimenting them on their looks, would offer the girls thousands of dollars for photos of themselves in various stages of undress. To tempt them, he posted pictures of himself holding large amounts of cash and photos of money spread out on top of his computer.
Early this month the FBI asked for assistance from the public in locating additional victims of an online predator within their plea of locating victims of Lucas Michael Chansler. Chansler plead guilty in 2014 to multiple counts of child pornography production and was sentenced to 105 years in prison. Chansler was 26 years old and used a similar strategy as Kirby in establishing "multiple personas and dozens of fake screen names."
This is clearly a serious issue and the FBI has established a campaign to educate parents and children on these issues. A brochure entitled "Stop Sextortion. Sextortion of Children in the United States, A Fact Sheet for Parents and Children" can be downloaded here: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/july/sextortion/stop-sextortion-brochure
The literature provides details on what Sextortion is, how it occurs, the risk thereof, examples and tips on protection against this predatory behavior.