Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies say a Mohave Valley man attempted to extort a 17-year-old female victim with images hacked from her social media account – and according to authorities, she may have been only one of about 50 potential victims.
On Aug. 19, deputies received a report from one victim who said her social media had been hacked, and that the infiltrator had removed several “inappropriate” images from her account. The hacker then contacted her, the report said, and told her the images would be made public unless she gave him access to other photos and videos.
Through their investigation, detectives allegedly traced the IP address of the would-be blackmailer to 18-year-old Mohave Valley resident Cameron C. Brush. On Thursday, detectives executed a search warrant at Brush’s residence. Brush allegedly admitted to hacking into the social media accounts of other underage girls, and may have taken photos from about 50 potential victims.
“This ongoing and extensive investigation is a great reminder to parents of the possible dangers of social media,” said Chief Deputy Dean McKie. “The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office recommends that parents monitor the social media accounts of their children and discuss the dangers of sending photos of themselves to anyone. It is very troublesome to know there are a large number of unidentified victims in this case.”
Brush has been charged with two counts of sexual extortion, one count of theft by extortion and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The investigation remains ongoing, and detectives are attempting to identify other unidentified victims, according to the sheriff’s office. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753, or 1-800-522-4312.