An 18-year-old in Pennsylvania has been accused of taking on a false online persona to obtain child pornography. According to ABC 6, Derrick Jones tricked victims into sending him racy images. Five victims were named in a criminal complaint filed on Thursday but authorities share that at least 136 male victims were involved. The victims were high school and middle school boys.
Jones is a senior at senior at Bonner-Prendergast High School, a Catholic high school, in Upper Darby Township. It is alleged that posed as a teenage girl named "Haley" online and sent photos and videos that he pulled from pornographic sites. He then asked victims to send back their own nude content.
The District Attorney says that the teen also threatened his victims with revenge porn if they didn't continue with the back-and-forth exchange. Authorities claim he did proceed with one such threat. In addition to the five named victims, 60 others have been identified and authorities have sent their parents letters.
Jones is charged with dissemination of child porn, harassment, stalking and other related crimes. His bail was set at $50,000.
NBC Philadelphia adds that Jones used Instagram, Kik, WeChat and Snapchat. "Haley" is apparently a real girl whose identity was stolen.
Authorities are looking for additional victims.
[Photo: NBC Philadelphia]
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