Sextortion victims asked to come forward - - Jackson, MS

Sextortion victims asked to come forward

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for your help identifying additional victims of a convicted online predator.

 Last year, Michael Chansler of Florida was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison. FBI investigators say Chansler targeted 350 minor victims online, doing whats called 'sextortion'.

"With sextortion they set up a situation where they get the trust of that child, they talk to them and persuade them to take off a piece of clothing or take a picture of themselves naked on snapchat, or instagram," said Jean Smith Vaughn, Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Internet Crimes Against Children Commander. "Once they have that picture they blackmail the child."

Vaughn says one out of every 5 children will be solicited online.  Parents hold the key to protecting their children.

"The best thing parents can do is be involved with their children and tell them someone may contact them and ask them to do something they will know is offensive," said Vaughn. "They know it's wrong and just because everybody else does it, does not make it OK."

As in the Chansler case, reporting sextortion crimes is recommended, but not always easy for victims, but necessary for putting these cyber criminals behind bars.

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