A retired FBI contractor has been accused of pressuring a dozen minors into sharing explicit content through multiple social media applications.
Brett Janes, a 26-year-old from Virginia, faced charges that included two counts of sexually exploiting children, one count of receiving child pornography, one count of coercion and enticing, and one count of producing child sexual abuse content.
Janes got arrested when the father of a 13-year-old victim reached out to the police.
According to court documents, Janes reportedly claimed to minors over Discord and video game chat rooms that he worked for a U.S. intelligence agency.
Janes would then pressure the young boys in the chat rooms to send him explicit material, and if the boys declined, he would go on to threaten to commit suicide.
As previously reported by Fox News:
A retired FBI contractor allegedly coerced nearly a dozen minors into sharing explicit content and engaging in sexual acts over social media, according to federal authorities.
Brett Janes, 26, of Arlington, Virginia, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children and production of child sexual abuse material, one count of attempted coercion and enticement, and one count of receipt of child pornography after the father of one 13-year-old victim contacted police.
Janes contacted the 13-year-old boy, identified as minor victim 1 (MV1) in a federal complaint, through a video game called Valorant and through Discord, an instant messaging platform.
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