Justin Sullivan

Michigan man accused of blackmailing Kansas teen on Snapchat

July 25, 2019 - 6:03 pm

A Michigan man is charged with using Snapchat to coerce a Kansas teenager to send him sexually explicit videos.

Martez Hurst, 22, of suburban Detroit, is charged in Johnson County, Kansas, with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of blackmail.

Charging documents say Hurst told police he had tried to commit similar crimes against about 20 other females.

Investigators say Hurst began communicating with the Overland Park girl, 16, in January 2018, while posing as a boy, 17, who attended a nearby high school.

The teenager told investigators she sent Hurst about 10 nude photos of herself but refused to send sexually explicit videos. She said in March, Hurst threatened to release the photos if she didn't send a video.

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