Understanding the crime of sextortion and how to intervene if you think your child is being blackmailed with a photo.
On April 13, 2021, Cornell D.A. Johnson, 24-years-old, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for producing child pornography involving 17 young girls ages 4-years-old to 17-years-old across eight states. Johnson would pretend to be a female and coerced the young girls into sending sexual photos. Once they had sent them, Johnson would demand more photos and new photos where the young person had sex with other young people in the home and filmed it.
This Insider Alert educates parents what to look for if they think their child is being blackmailed and how to communicate with the minor. It also talks about how to approach law enforcement and how to get counseling for the victim and their family.
Important for all parents/grandparents/guardians to be aware of sextortion - what it is, signs it is happening, and what to do if you think it is happening to a child you know. Watch Opal's video to learn more.