Sheriff: Man used fake Snapchat to threaten underage girls into sending nude photos
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -A Thibodaux man is facing multiple sex charges after the LaFourche Parish Sheriff said he used fake Snapchat accounts to threaten underage girls into sending him nude photos.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said Lane Levron, 18, was arrested on Wednesday.
Levron was arrested on warrants for pornography involving juveniles, computer-aided solicitation for sexual purposes, and cyberbullying.
The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted in coordination with the FBI, according to Webre.
Webre said investigators learned Levron was using multiple accounts under false names on Snapchat to contact several juvenile females.
According to the report, he demanded they send nude photos to him, threatening to expose other nude photos of the girls he claimed to have.
Some of the girls complied, according to Webre.
Webre said Levron also threatened to post one of the girl’s photos unless she met him to have sex.
Levron was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex, and his bond was set at $150,000.
Based on the investigation, Webre said detectives believe there may be additional victims.
Levron admitted to his involvement in the crimes and confirmed he operated under the Snapchat usernames “Camthebeast31” and “Markoutlaw," according to the report.
“Parents, be sure your children understand that once they hit send on a message, picture, video, or a snap, they have lost control over that content,” said Sheriff Webre. “Some apps give users the false impression that the pictures or videos you send cannot be saved by the recipient, but that is not true. Where there is a will, there is a way, and criminals will find a way.”
Sheriff Webre is advising parents to talk with their children to ensure they understand the dangers associated with smartphone apps and social media.
“As for parents, you must take an active role,” said Sheriff Webre. “Ensure you are constantly monitoring what your child is doing on their smartphone or device. Define rules and parameters for using those devices, and be sure you have all the current passwords for your child’s own safety.”
Sheriff Webre is asking any potential victims to contact Lieutenant Sean Scott with the Juvenile Investigations Section at (985) 532-4334.
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