- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

CORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) - Police are trying to find out who attempted to extort additional nude photos from more than a dozen teenage girls at a North Carolina high school.

Local media, citing search warrants from September, reported that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department said the victims were all students at Hough High School in Cornelius.

The warrant said the person in question sent a picture directly to teenage victims using photos the girls had taken of themselves, multiple media outlets report. The person then threatened to post the photos on websites unless the girls sent more pictures. Investigators said the teenagers ranged in age from 14 to 18.

The investigation began after a college student contacted police at her university, saying someone contacted her via Instagram and included three photos of her in various stages of undress. The victim said she took the photos while she was a high school student last year.

“It was awful,” the unidentified victim told WSOC-TV (https://bit.ly/1PpRzb8 ). “Reality really hit me and I (thought), ‘This could actually ruin my entire life.’”

At least two of the victims complied out of fear, police said. None of them reported the extortion, afraid that their parents would find out.

“Hopefully they’ll learn you need to keep your clothes on when you’re taking pictures,” parent Mary Shea told WSOC-TV.

Another investigation began in February after police said dozens of nude photos of Charlotte-area teenage girls began circulating on a website.

Police said the pictures were all voluntarily made.

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