Centerville police investigating sextortion case of 8-year-old on music app

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A disturbing case out of Centerville involving an 8-year-old girl whom police say was groomed by a predator to send nude videos of herself on an app, has police issuing yet another warning to parents about the dangers of social media.

CENTERVILLE — A disturbing case out of Centerville involving an 8-year-old girl, who police say was groomed by a predator to send nude videos of herself on an app, has police issuing yet another warning to parents about the dangers of social media.

The 8-year-old girl was contacted by a person on the app called musical.ly, according to Centerville police and a search warrant affidavit unsealed this week in 2nd District Court.

The musical.ly website describes itself as “a social media platform for creating and sharing short videos” and a “platform that connects individuals to a vibrant and highly engaged community of content creators.”

Between Aug. 3 and Aug. 5, a person claiming to also be a young girl contacted the 8-year-old. The suspect, speaking as if she was part of a group, told the 8-year-old “they were crying and begging (the 8-year-old) to talk to them. … (The suspect) asked (the girl) to do a challenge, and began asking for pictures,” the affidavit states.

At first, the person asked the young girl for a picture of her face, then asked for one of her clothed body. And later, the person asked for a picture of “her stomach a little,” according to the warrant.

The person kept asking for more pictures, revealing a little more each time until the person eventually requested nude photos. The unknown person “sent 14 consecutive messages asking (the girl) to send a picture,” the warrant states.

“Pull your pants down like I asked u…

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