Snapchat ‘friendship’ leads to solicitation, extortion arrest

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Jarred Duke Pearce

SHALIMAR, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018–A teen on probation for child pornography was arrested Oct. 4 on multiple charges for soliciting and extorting a minor for sex.

Jarred Duke Pearce, 18, from Fort Walton Beach, was on probation for two counts of possession of child pornography, is charged with solicitation of a minor for sex, extortion, use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and violation of probation.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pearce Oct. 4 after the 15-year old victim and her father reported he was extorting the girl online for nude photos.

The victim said she and Pearce were friends on the Snapchat app when he began asking for nude pictures.

She sent images of herself in a bikini and in a sports bra and shorts.

She said Pearce claimed he would begin sending out those pictures to people she knew if she did not send nude ones.

He then continued to pressure her to the point she began having anxiety attacks.

An OCSO investigator got permission to take over the victim’s Snapchat account Oct. 3. Pearce made contact with who he thought was the victim that same day.

During the course of the conversation he admitted to blackmailing the girl for nude images and also solicited her for sex.

Pearce, whose terms of probation included no unsupervised use of the Internet or his cell phone, was taken to the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview where he is being held without bond.

Staff and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release

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