Kansas City area man charged in 'sextortion' of girl, 16, as authorities seek more victims

PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. —A 22-year-old Kansas City man is accused of trying toforce a 16-year-old girl to have sex with him bythreatening to post nude images of her online, and the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office said there could be more victims.

The suspect, Denis Aguilar, has been charged with sexual trafficking of a child, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Court documents said that Aguilar approached the victim on a socialmedia site for children 18-years-old or younger. Aguilar claimed he was an 18-year-old and asked the victim several times for nudephotos, the prosecutor’s office said. When he was able to obtain a photo, he continued to ask her for more and became angry when she wouldn’t respond, the prosecutor’s office said. He then threatened to post the image online if she didn’t have sex with him.

The prosecutor’s office said the victim then gave police access to her account, and they were able to begin having a conversation with Aguilar as they posed as a 14-year-old girl. Aguilar then asked the fake 14-year-old and the 16-year-old victim for sex, the prosecutor’s office said.

Police arrested Aguilar when he went to meet them at a restaurant at 6830 NW 83rd Terrace.

“We have received some information that this defendant may have attempted to extort sex from other victims,” Platte County District Attorney Eric Zahnd said. “If you or someone you know has been coerced into having sex with this defendant or any other person, call the TIPS Hotline.”

The TIPS hotline is 816-474-TIPS. (This story was posted at www.kmbc.com.)

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