Wikipedia refers to sextortion as “the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion“. While this, or its offline version, is nothing new, it is something for us parents to be mindful of and to educate our kids about, as they interact online.
In this case, 25-year-old Jesus Javier Hernandez Carvajal of South Florida, found himself in federal court on charges of “transporting and possessing child pornography and making extortionate threats” after being arrested for attempting to extort sex from a girl in her late teens by threatening to post intimate videos she had sent him years earlier.
Three years ago, when the girl was 14 or 15, Carvajal convinced her to send him explicit videos of herself. He later pushed for her to meet him in real life for sex but, the girl refused. When he persisted, the girl told her father everything and he confronted Carvajal. Carvajal apologized and agreed to break off contact with the girl.
However, recently, Carvajal broke their agreement and began contacting the girl (and a friend) via Facebook, saying that if he didn’t meet her for a one-night stand, he would send the videos he had of her to family and friends.
The young woman contacted local authorities and Carvajal was arrested at the airport when returning from a trip to Venezuela. On his phone, they found several explicit videos of the girl that appear to be the ones used in his sextortion attempt.
Carvajal will be arraigned on August 6th.