Jul 16, 2015 3:11 PM
CONCORD – “I gave him the pictures and I got to keep my reputation,” said Ashley Reynold, one of the victims of what the FBI is now calling a growing threat around the globe.
It's called sextortion and if you haven't heard of it before, then you’re not alone.
It happens when predators on social media befriend young people and get screen grabs of them in various states of undress.
That’s when they coerce them to send graphic pictures of themselves or face the consequences.
In one case, nearly 350 teen girls victimized and only a third of them have been located.
That’s where you come in.
The FBI needs to find them and some of the victims could be here in New Hampshire.
“I just remember getting this message that the subject line said something about naked pictures he has of me,” said Reynolds who became a victim of sextortion when she was just 14.
Authorities say it was all at the hands of Lucas Michael Chansler, 31.
Chansler threatening to ruin her life by spreading graphic pictures that he got of her online unless she gave him even more lewd pictures.
“It was pure business it felt like,” said Reynolds. “It was an exchange. I gave him the pictures and I got to keep my reputation.”
Reynolds says it seemed this so-called business deal went on forever feeling force to comply.
“I never wanted to send them or give him what he wanted but I wanted my freedom, I guess,” Reynolds said.
“We had never seen anything like this before,” said FBI agent Larry Meyer.
The FBI says Chansler provoked, harassed, and threatened Reynolds and hundreds of others during a three year period ending in 20-10.
His victims found across the United States, with four in Massachusetts. Others in Canada with some in the United Kingdom.
Agents say he was definitely cyber-savvy and flew under their radar.
They also say he knew exactly how to terrorize his victims.
“That’s how a lot of times these young girls got on this slippery slope of what would be a relatively benign picture of exposing their breasts to fulfilling his perverted desires,” said Agent Meyer.
The FBI has identified and found roughly a third of those victims and desperately trying to find the rest so they can give them some sense of closure.
“They don’t have to be looking over their shoulder thinking, ‘Is this guy still out there? Is he looking for me? Is he going to be coming back?’ said Agent Meyer.
As for Reynolds, she's telling her story to let the other victims know it's ok to come forward, just like she did.
“This is something that came into my life and as horrible and bad as it is, I know that, like I want, like I can help,” Reynolds said.
Chansler pleaded guilty to several counts of making child porn and he's been sentenced to 105 years in prison.
If you have any information that can help investigators locate the remaining victims, you’re urged to contact:
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