VIDEO: Teen arrested after allegedly demanding naked photos from 11-year-old boy

Investigation began in Abbotsford after authorities in Texas were alerted to cyberbullying incident



An Abbotsford teen has been arrested and faces charges after allegedly demanding naked and sexual images from an 11-year-old boy in Texas.

Const. Ian MacDonald of the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) said the major crime unit (MCU) was contacted last October by investigators in Texas about a boy who was the victim of cyberbullying and extortion.

It was believed that the offender was living in Abbotsford.

MacDonald said the suspect both threatened the boy and promised him rewards for complying with the demands.

He said the two boys initially began contact over social media, and the exchanges lasted for several weeks before the victim reported the interactions to his parents.

The MCU executed a search warrant last month at an Abbotsford home, and seized computers and a cellphone.

MacDonald said “lots” of disturbing images were discovered on the seized items, and many of them were stored in such a way that they could be accessed by other people.

He described the material as “extremely troubling.”

“The accused is not coming off our radar,” MacDonald said.

A male in his mid-teens was arrested and now faces charges of child luring, extortion, making child pornography, sexual interference and making available child pornography.

MacDonald said the investigation did not turn up any other victims, and he commended the 11-year-old boy for his courage in coming forward, despite the threats he received.

“If it weren’t for those actions, the offences would have continued and potentially could have involved many other victims,” MacDonald added.

He said the investigation serves as a reminder to parents of children of all ages that monitoring the online activities and associations of their kids is a “necessary precaution.”

The identity of the teen who was arrested is protected by law under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The RCMP helicopter. (File photo)
Suspect escapes after police pursuit through Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford

Police chase involved two stolen vehicles, including one taken in Mission

The 2020 Rotary Club of Chilliwack Book Sale is moving from Chilliwack Mall to Heritage Park to allow more room for physically-distanced shopping. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Rotary Book Sale moves from Chilliwack Mall to Heritage Park

The hugely-popular book sale is going ahead Oct. 25-31 with pandemic protocols in place

Organizers of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival have decided to end the event after more than 20 years. / Bob Friesen File Photo
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival cancelled – for good

Organizers say the event was so popular that too many people were attending to be sustainable

There are five general voting locations, and two advanced voting locations for the Abbotsford-Missing riding in the district. There are three general voting locations and one advanced-voting location for the Maple Ridge-Mission riding in the District. Elections BC map.
Where to vote in the District of Mission

All locations to vote in the District for the 2020 B.C. election

/ Kevin Mills Photos
PHOTOS: Movie crew transforms downtown Mission

The holidays came erly this year as the movie Cross Country Christmas was filmed downtown

With local MLA Adam Olsen looking on, BC Greens leader Sonia Furstenau said a Green government would convert BC Ferries into a Crown corporation Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Green leader Sonia Furstenau promises to convert BC Ferries back into Crown corporation

Promise comes Monday afternoon with five days left in campaign

IIO Chief Civilian Director Ron MacDonald. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Police watchdog concludes Mounties didn’t shoot Surrey teen at strip mall

IIO finds tragic death of teenager ‘not the result of any actions or inactions’ by the Surrey RCMP

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

Police confirm human remains were found in a recycling bin in Vancouver on Oct. 18, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Human remains found in recycling bin floating near Vancouver beach

Police asking nearby residents to see if their recycling bin has gone missing

Emergency crews shut down White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 after an altercation left an elderly man in critical condition. (File photo)
Trial dates set in White Rock manslaughter case

Proceedings against Ross Banner, 71, set for June 2021 in Surrey Provincial Court

The many faces of Daon Glasgow. (Photos: Surrey RCMP)
Glasgow found not guilty of trying to murder transit cop in Surrey

Transit Police Constable Josh Harms was shot Jan. 30, 2019 at Scott Road SkyTrain Station

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson visits a North Vancouver daycare to announce his party’s election promises for child care, Oct. 9, 2020. (B.C. Liberal Party video)
B.C. parties pitch costly child care programs in pandemic

B.C. Liberals say they’ll deliver on NDP’s $10-a-day promise for lower-income families

A B.C. man decided to create a website to help people find family doctors accepting patients. Because Victoria is considered high-demand, clinic openings can’t be posted publicly. (Unsplash)
Vancouver Island man starts website that connects B.C. residents with doctors

Nanaimo man started project to help people find family physicians accepting patients

Most Read