Teen charged with extortion over nude photos of students

CORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) -- Police have charged and arrested a 17-year-old with three counts of extortion after investigating a threat at Hough High School involving nude photos of more than a dozen female students.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools says this is the second threat at Hough High School involving nude photos of students. Police say the threats were made by Tyler Jevon Woods on social media.

The investigation says at least 16 teens ranging in age from 14 to 18 have been targeted.

The warrant says Woods sent a picture directly to each victim using photos the girls had taken of themselves and threatened to post the photos on websites unless the girls sent more pictures. At least two girls sent more nude photos because they were afraid the original photos would be made public.

The victims didn't report what happened to them because they didn't want their parents to find out, or they were afraid they would be charged with a crime.

Police have asked Instagram to preserve to accounts that sent threats to the teenage girls. Police say not all of the victims have been identified and contacted.

Another investigation began in February where a juvenile was arrested for collecting pictures students had taken of themselves, and sharing them with other students with a dropbox link. There were 75 inappropriate photos of female students. Girls as young as 14 were impacted, from Hough High School and Bailey Middle School.

Police said the pictures were all voluntarily made.

CMS hasn't said if the most recent case is related to the earlier one.

Wood's bond is set for $7,500.

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