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Teen poses as girl online to get nude photos of classmates before extorting them or sharing images with others

By Mason White 10:29 AM October 17, 2017
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A teenage boy victimized many of his male classmates by posing as a girl on social media and getting nude photos from them.

The 16-year-old boy from Washington, was arrested after the FBI launched an investigation for extortion and possession of child pornography.

According to authorities, the West High School student in Chehalis, used several fake social media profiles to lure other teens to send him sexually explicit photos of themselves.

The teen the used those photos to extort additional photos from the victims. If they refused to send more photos, the suspect shared the first set of photos with others online.

After an 8-month long investigation, the boy was charged with possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and extortion.

According to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer, the teenager described himself as a predator and he admitted to extorted more than 100 victims. He collected more than 900 sexually explicit images.

Police have identified at least 10 victims who were his classmates.

The teenager is now in a juvenile facility, but prosecutors want the case transferred so he can be tried as an adult.