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Feds: Kokomo man uses Facebook in sextortion plot

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A 28-year-old Kokomo man was indicted by a federal grand jury for using Facebook to extort sexually explicit pictures of minors.

Bradley M. Cox faces three counts of extortion, two counts of production or attempted production of child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.

According to documents in the case, Cox used someone else’s Facebook account to exchange explicit images to another Facebook user.

Authorities say that’s when Cox threatened to publicly release those sexually explicit images of the Facebook user unless the owner gave him access to their account.

The Facebook user gave him access, and police say Cox found images depicting nude or partially nude individuals and sexually explicit material.

Cox then contacted individuals depicted in that material and threatened to publicly release the nude, partially nude or sexually explicit images he had of them unless they agreed to give him additional nude, partially nude and/or sexually explicit photos and/or videos.

Cox has been detained pending trial since September of 2018 when he was initially charged with production of child pornography.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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