In one instance, Williams allegedly threatened to post a victim's photos on Facebook, and did so even after she sent him more explicit pictures.
In that case, the victim refused, and Williams posted all of the pornographic images on the social networking website. Attorney Steve DeBrota, "once photos get in the wild, there's no way to get them back."
INDIANAPOLIS Federal officials said a cellphone and an Internet connection were all one Indianapolis man needed to sexually exploit almost a dozen underage girls during a yearlong Facebook "sextortion" scheme that drove one of the victims to attempt suicide.
"The minor was so distraught that she attempted suicide," according to court documents detailing the charges. Attorney Joe Hogsett, who announced the charges, said the case represents a change in how predators are seeking out and interacting with their victims no longer, he said, do offenders have to hide behind a computer screen.
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The 14 charges brought against Williams which vary from child pornography to extortion and attempted child sexual exploitation carry maximum sentences of 30 years each.
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Story HighlightsVictims were underage girlsSuspect posted pornographic images of some victims on FacebookOne victim was driven to attempt suicide, feds say
Using aliases like "Darien Sims" and "Dorisha Simmons," court documents said Williams would start conversations on Facebook chat before moving to text messaging. Once the girls sent him the photos, he would often threaten to post the images publicly to Facebook if they didn't send more, the documents said.
The monthslong investigation was carried out by local law enforcement officials in partnership with the FBI.
"This is the only tool he needed to make victims of these young girls," Hogsett said, holding up an iPhone.
The investigation began in January after Williams was arrested on a charge of raping a 15 year old girl.
Austin Williams, 22, is accused of tricking teenage girls into sending him explicit photos via Facebook then using the pictures to coerce the girls, some as young as 13, into having sex with him.(Photo: via The Indianapolis Star)
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The girl's friends and classmates viewed the images; she was "humiliated, taunted and bullied at school," the affidavit said.
A lengthy probable cause affidavit released Thursday reveals more about those allegations, which date to March 2012. Green Prada Wallet They were brought by nine other young women between the ages of 14 and 17.
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