A Facebook user named “Jessica Ford” gathered nude photos from 11 teenage boys from Dec. 2016 to Feb. 2017.
But “Jessica Ford” was actually James Wood, who attended Roy High school in Roy, Utah with the minors, according to the Standard-Examiner. He made a fake account to trick the teens into sending him the photos.
Wood, 19, faces up to 15 years in prison after prosecutors struck a plea deal last month to three counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor. Before the deal, he faced 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, and 10 counts of dealing in harmful material to a minor by an adult, a third-degree felony, according to the Standard-Examiner.
“Every day it would be a message and another message and another message,”one of the victims told KUTV. “He knew what he was doing was completely illegal and wrong.”
The boys told police that they sent the photos to the Facebook account because they thought it was a woman operating it, according to KUTV.
Wood threatened to spread the nude photos if they didn’t send more.
“I was like, ‘if you don’t leave me alone I will get the police involved,’ ” a victim told KUTV. “[Wood] said, ‘if you even try and get the police involved I will post them right now.’ ”
Wood did send nude photos of an unidentified woman to the victims to convince them that the account belonged to a woman, FOX13 reported. Wood showed the photos to others at the school and also sent a photo of one of the boys to the boy’s siblings.
“What he did was absolutely wrong, and he deserves everything that happens,” one of the victims told KUTV.