POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A man is under arrest on a slew of charges including extortion and aggravated stalking for harassing two preteen girls in Polk County, detectives said.
Lucas Dylan Bales, 25, of Cape Coral, was arrested Thursday. Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Computer Crimes Unit said he was harassing two girls, demanding their nude photos and video online.
“We hope there are no other victims out there, but if you have been contacted by Lucas Bales, we urge you to contact PCSO or Cape Coral Police,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Detectives started investigating the complaint on Feb. 8 ago when a Polk County father called them and said that an unknown person was harassing his daughter.
That person, who called himself “Daddy” talked to his 11-year-old daughter through the KIK application. The “Daddy” told the girl that he would post her address online and tell people to come rape her if she didn’t send him nude photos and videos of herself. He also threatened to burn down her house or hurt her, demanding to give him names and addresses of other girls.
The 11-year-old victim told her father who called the detectives.
While investigating this report, the detectives found another victim, a 12-year-old girl, who was also threatened and extorted by the “Daddy.”
Detectives identified the KIK account used in both conversations as the one belonging to Lucas Bales in Cape Coral. Polk detectives and Cape Coral Police worked together to serve the search warrant at Bales’ home. They seized his cell phone, laptop, desktop computer, and Playstation gaming system. During a preliminary search, detectives saw the messages where Bales was threatening and extorting the girls and soliciting them for nude photos.
They also found marijuana at his home. Cape Coral Police arrested him and booked him locally for drug possession. He is expecting to be extradited to Polk County, where he is charged with one count Criminal Use of Child’s ID, one count Threat/Extortion, one count Aggravated Stalking of a Minor, eight counts of Written Threats to Kill or Do Bodily Harm, and 10 counts of Unlawful Use of Communication Device.
“This is also another shining example of how parents are the first line of defense against child predators. This young girl did the right thing by immediately reporting the crime to her father, and he did the right thing by immediately reporting it to us,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. MORE CRIME STORIES: – Mom: My son should receive stricter punishment after arrest – Duo tries to rob forklift operator at gunpoint – Sheriff: 67-year-old man killed 2 deputies in Maryland