A warning for parents about internet predators. They are not only trying to prey on your children on the computer, but on your cell phone too.
Fox 8 has obtained a copy of a search warrant that accuses a man from the Richland County town of Shelby of obtaining nude photos of a 12-year old girl from Cleveland Heights.
According to the document, on April 27th, the girl's mother contacted Cleveland Heights police and told them that after receiving the photos, the man "then had threatened her daughter that if he did not receive $250 in Amazon gift cards, he would distribute the photos on the internet."
The document goes on to say that the girl's mother "provided the detective with an seven inch tablet and a cellular phone."
According to investigators the phone belonged to the child's grandmother and was "taken by the child without her knowledge or consent."
The case is currently being investigated by the Northern Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and investigators say they can trace transmissions back to the suspect's social media and home phone providers.
In fact, the Cleveland Heights detective investigating the case states "he had personally observed test messages and heard a voicemail that confirmed the mother's allegations."
Investigators say they are continuing to obtain cell phone and computer records as they investigate the case.
Fox 8 is not identifying the girl or her family. We are also not identifying the suspect because he has not yet been charged.