Sextortion, Cyber Crime Targeting Young Boys and Girls

FILES - Picture taken 25 January 2006 shows a police officer of Germany's State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) viewing files on a computer in connection with child pornography investigations in the northern German city of Hanover. The Police in Berlin informed 25 December 2007 they were continuing their investigations in the largest case of child pornography to date with more than 12,000 suspects. AFP PHOTO DDP/JOCHEN LUEBKE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)
FILES – Picture taken 25 January 2006 shows a police officer of Germany’s State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) viewing files on a computer in connection with child pornography investigations in the northern German city of Hanover. The Police in Berlin informed 25 December 2007 they were continuing their investigations in the largest case of child pornography to date with more than 12,000 suspects. AFP PHOTO DDP/JOCHEN LUEBKE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Sextortion is a growing internet crime that is targeting young girls and boys. FBI Assistant Special Agent Steve D’Antuono is calling it blackmail.

Sextortion occurs when a cyber predator demands images of a sexual nature and then threaten to release or distribute them to Facebook friends, associates of the individual and etc.

D’Antuono says that the victims fall into a vicious circle where the predator exports more. Lucas Michael Chansler, 26, was jailed in 2014 after pleading guilty to multiple counts of child pornography production. He adds that Chansler possessed about 80,000 images of children from 26 states, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom.

Investigators have identified 109 victims of Chansler, whom has been sentenced to 105 years in prison. They say that he used dozens of various identities when luring unsuspecting victims.

The FBI hopes a Sextortion nationwide awareness campaign will give victims the courage to come forward, because they believe that there are more out there.

Although victims are not being currently being tracked in the St. Louis area, they encourage parents to tell their children to never send explicit photos of themselves to anyone.

Source: CBS