Indictment: Man allegedly hacked Snapchat accounts to extort sexually explicit images

- A 35-year-old man is facing 26 federal indictment charges after allegedly extorting sexually explicit images and videos from victims using Snapchat.

U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald indicted Barton Scott, 35, with child pornography and computer hacking offenses, according to a release Thursday. 

According to the indictment, between April 30 and Aug. 8, Scott gained unauthorized access to the Snapchat accounts of 25 victims. Many of the victims were minors.

Authorities also believe there may be more victims of Scott’s conduct and anyone with more information is asked to call 763-569-8000 and callers may remain anonymous.

The indictment stems from Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Scott faces one count of production of child pornography, one count of penalties for registered sex offenders, six counts of attempted production of child pornography, six counts of fraud and related activity in connection with computers and 12 counts of fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

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