NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Here's another critical reason to monitor what your kids are doing on their computers and cell phones - including Facebook and Twitter.
Thirty-six-year-old James Allen of Macomb County faces 23 federal charges for what is being called "sextortion" - and is not the first time.
He's was convicted of cyber stalking here five years ago.
The feds say it didn't take much. A man living alone in an apartment with a computer and was savvy enough to convince 18 young girls in western New York state to fall victim to what is called sextorting.
The feds came here to Macomb County - New Baltimore and New Haven - with search warrants plus the deep cyber tracks they found online.
James Allen allegedly told girls from 14 to 19 years old that he hacked into their email and other accounts, found naked photos of them and that he would distribute them all over their area, unless they would pose naked for him.
Allen has pleaded not guilty and his public defender in Buffalo, New York is going through the evidence.
The evidence includes cyber chats of the sextortion that ran from April to August of last year. The case was started when the young girls went to their parents who then went to police in Kenmore, New York.
Allen was arrested in Macomb County last September and remains in custody. If convicted in New York he faces up to 30 years in prison.
These federal charges include five counts of producing child porn and 18 counts of cyber-stalking.
Allen was convicted in 2007 of cyber-stalking a Michigan State University student. His probation expired last year, shortly before these new cases allegedly started.
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