Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a high school freshman for allegedly posting nude pictures of his girlfriend on Facebook after she refused his sexual advances.
According to police, the unidentified 14-year-old suspect and the 15-year-old victim in the case are both students at Goddard High School in Roswell, a city known more for UFOs than teen sexting.
"The boyfriend kept asking the girlfriend to send him a nude photograph of herself. She denied it [but] finally after enough pestering she gave in and sent him one of herself," Erica O'Bryon, a spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department, told AOL Weird News.
Photo in hand, the teen boy allegedly set the second part of his plan into motion: to extort what he wanted from his high school sweetheart.
"He told her if she did not have sex with him he was going to post the picture on the Internet," O'Bryon said. "She refused, so he did, in fact, post the picture on Facebook."
Rather than just post the photo where his friends could see it, O'Bryon says he also "created a whole new Facebook page" just for the nude photograph. When the alleged victim found out about the unscrupulous fan page, she informed her parents, who in turn contacted police.
Authorities arrested the teenager Tuesday afternoon, filing several charges against the youth, including harassment and intimidation.
According to O'Bryon, officials did not file any charges related to child pornography because they did not want to "victimize the victim again, because we would have to charge her with it as well," she said.
The teenage suspect is being held at the Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center, where he awaits his first court appearance.
"We want kids to know this is not something that we are taking lightly," O'Bryon said. "This is something that is going to be taken seriously."
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