A man who threatened a minor to perform sex acts or else he would leak explicit pictures they sent him is now under arrest, police said.
This week, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in California announced the arrest of Conor Kerns, 19, in connection to the case.
An investigation started in July 2021 when a minor girl reported being tricked into sending sexually explicit material to a man, later identified as Kerns, according to the sheriff’s office.
The victim sent him nude images and videos via social media, according to the sheriff’s office. He threatened to leak the images unless she sent more.
Kerns then posed as a hacker and said he hacked into his own account, according to the sheriff’s office. As the hacker, he told the child to participate in sex acts with Kerns or he would release the images.
The minor agreed to meet with Kerns, and he extorted sex and more child porn from the victim, officials said.
Kerns was arrested and charged with 22 counts related to sexual assault and child porn. He is being held in jail on $1 million bond.