A TEEN is accused of coercing a 10-year-old girl into sending him naked pictures – but he claims he was only being "nice," cops say.
Simon Anderson was arrested this week after investigators found that he "manipulated, threatened and extorted" the child, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida.
Anderson used Facebook to communicate with the young victim and knew she was only 10, the sheriff's office said.
“As a parent, this kind of a story has got to break your heart, scare you, and make you angry, all at the same time," said Sheriff Grady Judd.
"Sick creeps like this are out there folks… going after innocent children.
"This is exactly why I say that parents need to be all-up in their child’s business.
"You need to monitor who they’re communicating with online.”
A probe was launched after the parent of another child was told that Anderson was sending the girl photos of his private parts.
"The PCSO Computer Crimes Unit searched the victim’s cell phone and discovered multiple messages and images that had been sent from Anderson’s Facebook account," the sheriff's office said in a release on Wednesday.
"The messages on the phone revealed Anderson’s aggressive efforts with the victim.
"He tried coercing her into sending him nude pictures of herself by threatening to report her to law enforcement, as well as threatening to kill her and himself if she didn’t comply.
"The girl admitted to sending Anderson photos because she was in fear of his threats."
Anderson admitted to a detective that he sent her images of his penis, according to the sheriff's office.
He said they were “kind of in a relationship, but not really.”
The teen claimed that he did not want to send her the photos of his private parts but he did so, “to be nice.”
Anderson was slapped with multiple charges, including possession of child porn, aggravated cyberstalking and extortion.
His "electronic storage devices" were collected, according to the sheriff's office, and "any additional evidence found on those devices could lead to additional charges."
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