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Student accused of sexually extorting classmates with nude photos

A high school student in Washington has been accused of sexually extorting several of his classmates with nude photos he tricked them into sending.

The FBI and Chehalis police began investigating a 16-year-old boy at W.F. West High School a year ago after a parent complained that their child was being victimized online, KIRO 7 reports.

The investigation uncovered that the student, whose identity was not released, made several fake social media accounts and pretended to be a teenage girl in order to get nude photos of boys.

He would use those pictures to get more photos, authorities said. If the victim refused to send more, the suspect would allegedly post the photos he had.

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“He described himself as a predator. He said he knew what he was doing,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told the outlet.

Investigators said the student admitted to having hundreds of victims, about a dozen of them believed to be W.F. West High School students.

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A W.F. West High School student has been accused of sexually extorting at least a dozen of his classmates.

(KIRO 7 )

The suspect also allegedly told authorities that he was in possession of more than 900 explicit messages.

“These photos are out there. We don’t know how far it’s been spread,” Meyer said. “We don’t know how many people have seen these images.”

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According to the Chronicle, the prosecutor expects about 40 charges will be filed against the teen. They are also pushing for the case to be moved to an adult court. The teen is currently being held in juvenile custody.

The Chehalis School District said in a statement to KIRO 7 that it was shocked about what happened.

“We were notified that a student was arrested following an FBI investigation. And so that’s when the shock actually hit. And we began to find out how large an issue this was,” said Chehalis Schools superintendent Ed Rothlin.

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