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7/26/11: Texas Man Allegedly Blackmailed Teen for Sex — Greater Houston RCFL is On the Case

A 19-year old Deer Park, Texas man faces one change of sexual abuse of a child for allegedly persuading a 14-year old girl to send photos of herself to him, then threatening to post them on the Internet if she didn't have sex with him. The Pasadena Police Department, a participating agency in the Greater Houston RCFL (GHRCFL), is leading the investigation.

The accused, Mitchell Thomas McDermott, is already facing an unrelated charged of sexual assault of a child when this latest incident allegedly occurred in June. The young victim informed her older brother of the situation, and he persuaded McDermott to give him the cell phone containing the lewd photos, which was later submitted to the GHRCFL for examination.

Because the law considers naked photos of a minor as child pornography — the latest charges against McDermott, if convicted, could result in a steep fine, jail time, or both. The investigation is ongoing.

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