A teenager took his own life after three men posed as a woman and threatened to leak his explicit images, prosecutors have alleged.
Athlete Jordan DeMay, 17, was involved in an extortion plot where three men from Nigeria are said to have created a fake account to get in contact with DeMay and flirt with him.
The men allegedly pressured DeMay to send explicit photos of himself and then threatened to release them, and share them around his friends and family if he did not send them $1,000 (£791.20).
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It has been revealed by federal prosecutors the Michigan teen died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just hours after the threat was made, reports the Mail.
There is now an ongoing investigation between authorities in Michigan and the FBI to ensure justice is served.
Samuel Ogoshi, 22, Samson Ogoshi, 20, and Ezekiel Ejehem Robert, 19, from Lagos, Nigeria, have now been charged in relation to the death of Jordan DeMay.
Within the reports, it is believed that Ogoshi wrote: “All you’ve to do is to cooperate with me and I won’t expose you.”
DeMay gave the three men more than $300 (£237.36) to attempt to fend them off, but the men persisted.
In order to pose as a woman, the trio hacked into an Instagram account of a woman named Dani.Roberts and got in contact with DeMay.
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DeMay actually threatened to take his own life, writing to the men: “I’m kms rn [kill myself right now]. Bc of you”.
One of the men proceeded to reply: “Good. Do that fast. Or I'll make you do it. I swear to God”.
The men face charges of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor resulting in death.
This could mean a life sentence if found guilty.
All three men are charged with conspiracy to sexually exploit minors, conspiracy to distribute child pornography, and conspiracy to commit stalking through the internet, which carry penalties up to 30 years in prison.
Following the announcement of the charges, DeMay’s mother Jennifer Buta released a personal statement, saying: “As parents, we cannot begin to imagine what Jordan went through that night and how scared he was because of this senseless act.”
Mark Totten, US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, went on to say that more than 100 men across the country had been targeted by the Nigerian gang.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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