Police: Man charged with 50 counts of sexual exploitation
Police have filed additional charges against an Archdale man who was charged with several alleged cyber offenses against a 14-year-old and two 17-year-olds.
Chance Christian Kennedy, 19, of 1002 Dogwood Lane, has been charged with 49 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to police.
He was arrested Wednesday evening after posting a $200,000 bond that morning. He is currently at the Randolph County Jail under a $1,250,000 secured bond.
Archdale police officers associated with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at Kennedy’s residence earlier this month.
Kennedy was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of extortion, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one count of cyberstalking and one count of cyberbullying.
The investigation began after a complaint was filed by a juvenile’s family member involving cyberbullying and sexual harassment that allegedly began during the summer.
“What he would do is contact a stranger, a female, regardless of age but preferably in the teenage range, contact them through their Facebook page and would start off with simple messages,” said Chief Shannon Craddock. “It worked more than once; he would manipulate them and extort them to continue sending him videos and photos, including threatening to harm their families.”
The complainant alleged that the Internet and several different forms of social media were used to commit the crimes.
“One of the victims came forward with her mother. She basically had a hard time dealing with the stress and her mother encouraged her to talk to us,” Craddock said. “We were able to verify the things she told us.”
Craddock urges parents to make sure their teenagers are in an area where they can be easily supervised while on any electronic device.
“The first victim was 14 and unsupervised using devices that had Internet access,” Craddock said. “Children that have Internet access should have parents monitor what they do. If at all possible, be in the room with them at all times. Had someone been in the room with her monitoring her activities, it would have never went that far.”
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