Predator blackmails girls for nude photos
Over the course of the last month, a local girl was “friended” on Facebook by someone who persuaded her to send nude photos. That person is now blackmailing her and at least one other girl in an effort to obtain more nude photos.
On Thursday, McMinnville police learned a friend of the original victim had been contacted by the suspect via Facebook. The suspect threatened to post her friend’s nude photos on the Internet unless she shared nude photos of herself as well.
The police are asking any families aware of such blackmail attempts to contact them immediately. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Sgt. Scott Fessler at 503-435-5616.
“If it is recent, and the information is still available, leave the data as-is and let our investigators obtain information from the contact before deleting or otherwise changing the account,” they urged in a press release.
Police reminded parents to take a proactive role in making sure their children are safe from sexting, cyberbullying and approaches from Internet predators. They offered the following guidelines to help parents educate and protect their children from threats on social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, and Twitter:
* Check your child’s friend lists to see who has access to his or her profile. Make sure your child personally knows all people granted “friend” status.
* Teach your child to set their profiles on private, and be aware that doesn’t even guarantee complete privacy.
* Have your child remove any inappropriate photos or comments and delete any personal information.
* Check the profiles of your child’s friends to see if they feature revealing information or photos involving your child.
( Report inappropriate behavior through the site and criminal behavior either through either local law enforcement agencies or the CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.com.
As discussion starters, police suggest asking your child:
* Do you use your real name or age when you communicate online?
* What kinds of things do your post on your page?
* How do you decide who to add as a friend?
* Would you feel comfortable if I checked your profile(s)?
Additional advice may be found at www.netsmartz.org.