A 19-year-old California man who police say is behind the sextortion scam that targeted Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and attempted to extort nude photos of her has been arrested.
Jared James Abrahams of Temecula, Calif., turned himself in to FBI agents in Orange County Thursday. He is facing up to two years in federal prison if found guilty of extortion, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told Fox News.
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Abrahams, who reportedly went to Great Oak High School with 19-year-old Wolf before the two graduated this year, is accused of running an online sextortion scam that targeted a handful of women.
Wolf, who was crowned Miss Teen USA Aug. 9, told NBC's "Today" show website last month that she had been a victim of cyber crime.
It started earlier this year, she said, when she received a Facebook notification saying someone had tried to log on to her account from a different state. She then got an anonymous email from a strange man saying he had hacked her laptop's webcam and taken photos of her. If she didn’t comply with his demands, he would make the photos public on her hacked social media account.
Most of the demands included sending more nude photos or videos
in exchange for not releasing the ones he supposedly had, Wolf said.
Wolf didn’t comply, and instead went straight to authorities. According to an FBI affidavit, Abrahams targeted women all over the world and used malicious software to remotely operate webcams and snap naked pictures of his victims, some of whom he knew and some he stalked out on Facebook.
Wolf has turned her nightmare into a lesson though, as she plans to make cyber crime her platform during her tenure as Miss Teen USA.
"This all happened before I had a title," Wolf told Today.com. "I was just a normal girl in high school. This next year I'm just so excited to be able to share my story and raise awareness in young teens about what can happen."
Abrahams was freed on $50,000 bail but he must remain home and be monitored by a GPS device until his next court date. The judge also forbade him from using the computer for anything except schoolwork — he's a college freshman studying computer science — and installed a usage-supervising software, according to Fox News.
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