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14-year-old Bridgetown boy charged with child luring and extortion

RCMP say a girl was told if she didn't send nude photos of herself, fake photos of her would be distributed online
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(Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A 14-year-old Bridgetown boy is facing charges after a girl reported she was threatened by someone she met online.

RCMP say the girl was told if she didn't send nude photos of herself, fake photos of her would be distributed online.

The victim told a trusted adult and a parent, who reported the incident to police on Jan. 23.

RCMP's Internet Child Exploitation Unit and National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre were called in to help with the investigation and track down a suspect.

The 14-year-old has been charged with luring a child and extortion, and Mounties say more charges are possible pending analysis of the accused's phone.

The teen has been released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Annapolis Royal Provincial Court on April 6.

RCMP say it's mandatory to report suspected child pornography in Nova Scotia.

"This means that anyone who encounters child pornography material or recordings must report it to the police," they said in a news release. "Failing to report suspicious activity and materials could result in penalties similar to failure to report child abuse set out in the Child and Family Services Act."




Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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