US Attorney's Office Announces Child Porn, Fraud Charges Against 35-Year-Old Man

US Attorney's Office Announces Child Porn, Fraud Charges Against 35-Year-Old Man Photo: United States Attorney's Office District of Minnesota

September 27, 2018 02:29 PM

The United States Attorney's Office in Minnesota announced Thursday that a 35-year-old man is facing child porn and fraud charges.

A release said Barton George Scott has been charged with one count of production of child pornography, six counts of attempted production of child pornography, one count of penalties for registered sex offenders and 18 total counts of fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

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The release alleges that between April 30 and Aug. 8 of last year, Scott gained unauthorized access to the Snapchat accounts of 25 individuals. And that, in several cases, he used "extortionate tactics" in an effort to obtain sexually explicit images and videos from those individuals, many of whom were reported to be minors.

According to the release, evidence obtained in the case leads authorities to believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information on the matter is asked to call the FBI at 763-569-8000.

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