POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 4:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 5:33pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Zachary man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to blackmail a teen boy into performing homosexual acts.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that the investigation began when the victim contacted police about the threats. The 16-year-old male claims that it all began when the suspect, Latrell Stepter, 20, began texting him.
Officials say the first complaint was issued in November 2012, but the activity stopped and the investigation was at a standstill. However, the texting picked back up in March, and police were contacted by the victim a second time in May 2013.
The investigation revealed that Stepter posed as a female to solicit the boy into sending nude photographs and sexually explicit videos of himself.
Later, the victim learned that the photographs and videos were posted on Facebook to a fake account that was created in his name.
Once the victim learned about the Facebook account, he was contacted by Stepter, who claimed that he too was being blackmailed by the female. At this point the victim did not know that Stepter was pretending to be the female. Stepter told the teen that the female had more nude photographs of both of them.
Officials say Stepter then threatened that the female planned to release the additional photographs, and that he would beat the young man up, if he refused his request. He told the teen that they were to meet up, and the teen would have to perform a homosexual act.
Stepter was arrested and charged with Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, Computer-aided Solicitation of a Minor and Cyberbullying. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Officials believe there may be additional victims that have not reported the threats to police. They ask anyone who has been inappropriately contacted in this way to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.