TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy posed as a woman on Facebook to trick dozens of other boys into sending him nude photos and gift cards.
The Pocono Mountain Regional Police arrested the Tobyhanna boy last Thursday on charges of theft by extortion, transmission of sexually explicit images and solicitation.READ MORE: Community Recalls Memories At Historic St. Leo's Church In Tacony As Fire Crews Work To Determine What Caused Blaze
The department says it identified 48 boys who were victims and at least 100 others who never responded to the boy’s messages.READ MORE: Funeral For Slain Officer, Delmar Police Cpl. Keith Heacook, To Be Held Monday
Investigators say the boy pretended to be a woman named Jessica Carabello and promised the boys nude photographs in exchange for their pictures. Police say he threatened to post them online if they didn’t send more and used a similar tactic to solicit gift cards from other boys.
The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Police Chief Frank Vanore, Captain Jason Smith To Address Violent Weekend Across City
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