MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 19-year-old Manatee County man is accused of using fake personalities on Snapchat to extort teenage girls for naked pictures.
Bailey Terry is a 19-year-old Caucasian man from Manatee County. But authorities say on Snapchat, he claimed he was a 17-year-old black man.
Manatee County deputies say he met a 15-year-old California girl online in 2017 and they began sending nude photos to each other.
She would send real pictures, while Terry would copy lewd images from Google and send them back, authorities say.
But eventually, officials say he extorted her, threatening to share her pictures with her classmates if she didn’t keep sending new ones.
“He was very deliberate in the way he went after this victim, using multiple accounts, pretending to be different people, all for the purposes of trying to get these images,” said MCSO spokesman Randy Warren.
The affidavit included one message where Terry wrote:
“Youre not obeying
Alright then Ill send the pics out tonight
By blackmailing me uve made me hate u”
This activity allegedly went on for months until the girl called California authorities. After some investigative work, the IP address was tracked to Manatee County.
Terry confessed, saying he used multiple accounts to lure girls as young as 13. He admitted he had a problem. He was arrested last week.
A man at his home did not wish to comment to 8 On Your Side.
“You never know who you’re talking to online. That person may be pretending to be somebody very innocent, very nice,” said Warren.
Terry said he never shared the images with other people. He also added he used the multiple accounts to share the pictures among them so the pictures would not be saved on his phone.
“There’s a lot of ways to be sneaky with it, but ultimately technology is on our side in law enforcement in being able to locate where the suspect is at,” said Warren.
Parents say this is a reminder to be involved in your children’s’ lives.
“It does scare me but at the same time, there’s going to be good and bad people everywhere. So the takeaway, we just have to make sure that we are aware of what’s going around us,” said parent Ish Husain.
Terry was arrested and faces 14 felony charges, including extortion. He has since bonded out.
If you have any information on other potential victims, call the sheriff’s office.
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