An Upper Hutt man allegedly threatened to reveal naked photographs belonging to an 11-year-old girl if she didn't keep talking to him on Facebook.
The 20-year-old man, accused of setting up a fake profile on the social media site under the name Nick Davis and sending inappropriate messages to young girls, stood silently with his head bowed when he appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court this morning.
He entered no plea to charges of threatening to disclose naked photos belonging to an 11-year-old girl to obtain a benefit, namely continued communication, and travelling with the intent to commit a crime.
The man was arrested at work last week after the families of two girls aged under 13 complained about messages they had received from a man on the social media site.
The fake profile had been used for at least a month, Detective Kylee Cusin said. Police had asked Facebook to block the account and provide details of any alleged offending.
The two victims - one from the Hutt Valley and another from the upper North Island - did not know each other. The only contact they had with the man was online, she said.
Judge Ian Mill granted the man interim name suppression and ordered him not use the internet or to contact any of the complainants.
He was remanded on bail to appear in the court again next month.
- The Dominion Post
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