BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man pleaded guilty to extorting sexually explicit images from multiple children.
Matthew Walker, 25, pleaded guilty in court Thursday to four counts of extortion, three counts of production of child pornography, and three counts of receipt of child pornography.
According to court records, Walker admitted he met young girls online to get compromising images of them. He then threatened to send the photos to the victims' family, friends and school if they did not continue sending him more photos.
"The defendant used social media to target and sexually exploit young girls. This type of criminal conduct is an evolving and pernicious threat to our children," said U.S. Attorney Walt Green. "The devastating impact of this type of criminal conduct on our children, their families, and the community cannot be ignored. With an internet connection or smart phone, children of all ages are vulnerable to online predators, such as this defendant."
Walker is set to be sentenced on May 5.