TORONTO — A teenage boy faces serious charges for allegedly exploiting a young girl with sexually explicit photos she had sent him on the Internet.
Toronto police said the victim - also a teen - met the boy on the web and began an online relationship with him.
At some point, the girl sent him pictures of herself.
"You really need to think about this sort of thing and not get caught up in the moment," Const. Wendy Drummond warned Thursday.
Police won't divulge the ages of the alleged victim or the accused and they released few details of the "sexting and self-peer exploitation investigation" for fear of identifying the pair.
However, the charges make it clear the photos were of a sexual nature.
The boy allegedly used those photos "in an attempt to manipulate and coerce" the girl into sending him a video of herself, Drummond said.
And when the girl refused, the boy allegedly accessed her e-mail account and sent the photos to several of her e-mail contacts.
"This should serve as a reminder to parents to talk with their children about the dangers of sending photos over the Internet," Drummond said, adding the ramifications of sexually explicit digital images are "long-lasting."
She advised young people to consider: "How are you going to feel about it if these pictures show up 10 or 15 years from now?"
And possessing such photos can also result in criminal charges, as the accused boy in this case found out.
The teen was arrested for extortion and threatening death, but he's also charged with making, possessing and distributing child pornography.