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Youth charged in case of teens being tricked into sharing naked photos

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP have executed a search warrant at a residence in the Fort St. John area in connection to the distribution of child pornography, child luring, extortion and identity fraud.

The search warrant was issued in relation to several local teens that may have been victims of extortion where they provided intimate photos of themselves to a person posing as a friend online.

The warrant has lead to a youth, who cannot be identified due to their age, being charged with four counts of luring a child, four counts of extortion, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of identity fraud.

While we believe that we have identified those victims in our community, we would encourage you to continue to speak with your teenagers and children about the dangers of sharing images and videos through electronic devices, states Corporal Denise Perret of the Fort St. John RCMP. We are also cognizant there may be additional victims who have not reported, if during discussions with your child you believe your child may be a victim, please report to the police in your community or the Fort St. John RCMP if you live within our jurisdiction.

The investigation, which commenced after the Fort St. John RCMP received reports from two victims and information from the B.C. Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (BC ICE).

Police want everyone to know that possession or circulation by anyone, of intimate pictures of anyone under the age of eighteen, is considered a criminal offence related to child pornography, criminal harassment or even luring a child.

The Fort St. John RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.

For more information and safety tips regarding sextortion please visit the BC RCMP website at:

http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2077&languageId=1&contentId=49277.

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If you have any recent information regarding these incidents please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.

**An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that two youth were charged.  There was only one youth charged in this case.

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