A 10-year-old Pine Township boy who posted a nude video of himself to
YouTube has begun receiving numerous e-mails from unknown persons
threatening to contact the FBI if he did not post additional videos, the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, on Sunday the boy’s mother reported that she discovered
“several dozen e-mails” referencing a nude video which her son had posted to
YouTube. The mother confronted the boy, who admitted posting the video after
“repeatedly receiving messages,” around 8 or 9 p.m. on Friday, “from persons
who he thought were juvenile girls.”
The boy “did not know them but their profile pictures and videos indicated
that they were about the same age.”
In those messages, police said, the persons whom the boy thought to be
juvenile girls asked him to post nude videos of himself, which he
“eventually” did “for a brief period of time,” police said. “They continued
asked for more videos but he deleted the video that he had posted and did
not post any more.”
Of the e-mails, police said, “there were dozens of them,” originating from
at least two different addresses, the first e-mail sent at 9:42 a.m. Friday
and the last at 12:26 a.m. Saturday. “The e-mails asked (the boy) to send
nude videos of himself doing sexually explicit things. They said that they
would not send him any nude videos of themselves until he sent more videos
of himself. Many of the e-mails asked that the videos be 14 minutes long.
They also said that the FBI would be contacted if he did not post more
Another e-mailer not only threatened to contact the FBI if the boy “did not
comply” but to send the original video to his friends.
The boy’s mother expressed her belief that the e-mailers were not juvenile
girls at all “but possibly adults who were trying to get a juvenile to post
nude video’s on line,” police said.
The boy has lost computer privileges, police added.