- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in western Michigan were trying to find people who bought nude photos and videos online from a 15-year-old Grand Rapids-area girl.

Court records show the Gaines Township girl made more than $1,100 in about a year’s time before being stopped by her mother, WZZM-TV and WOOD-TV reported.

The girl told authorities she met the buyers through a popular Internet messenger application. She posted “selling stuff” on the social media site, according to court records.

“We don’t come across it very often,” Kent County sheriff’s Sgt. E.J. Johnson told WZZM-TV. “Anytime we come across it, we try to jump on it as soon as we can before pictures start circulating at school.”

The photos and videos of the girl were sent from her email. Buyers were charged $20 and $100 through an Internet payment account before receiving the items.



The girl told police she had repeat customers.

Sheriff’s Detective Matthew Batchelder wrote in a search warrant affidavit to retrieve online account information of the buyers that men would contact the teen and ask what she was selling, WZZM-TV reported.

“She would then tell them that she would send them nude pictures and videos for a price,” Batchelder wrote.

No arrests have been made.

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