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Friday, August 16, 2013

Suspect found in Miss Teen USA 'Sextortion' Case


The FBI is investigating allegations that someone tried to extort nude photographs from the newly crowned Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women.

Wolf, who was Miss California Teen USA before winning the Miss Teen USA pageant over the weekend at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, told the website of NBC’s Today show that she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to be in possession of nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer. Wolf also said the author tried to extort her to ensure that the photos were not made public.

Federal officials on Thursday said they have identified an individual believed to be involved attempting to procure the nude photos from Wolf. Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI's Los Angeles office, said the investigation was several months old but would not discuss any details of the case, including whether a suspect had been identified.

Wolf is the latest victim in a string of supposed "sextortion" cases involving individuals who have used email accounts, social media or a computer's own hardware to collect compromising information or images of its user.

A Glendale man, Karen Kazaryan, pleaded guilty last month in a “sextortion” case in which he targeted 350 women and coerced them into showing him pictures of them nude. Christopher Chaney, 35, pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles to nine counts of computer hacking and wiretapping for the unauthorized access of email accounts belonging to 50 people in the entertainment industry. 

A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today.

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