- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Baton Rouge man in what agents called a “sextortion” scheme, where young girls were coerced to produce child pornography online.

U.S. Attorney Walter Green says the July 29 indictment was unsealed Tuesday accusing 25-year-old Matthew Walker of posing as a girl on social networking platforms to persuade girls across the United States and Canada to send him compromising images of themselves.

Green tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1M4DwpM) Walker would send his targets suggestive pictures of other young girls, purportedly depicting the false identity he constructed.

In order to obtain even more graphic images, Green says Walker threatened his online companions that he would expose their photos.

Walker faces charges of extortion, production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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