Felony Luring a Minor for Sexual Purposes, Felony Sexual Exploitation of a Minor/Child Pornography, & Felony Furnishing Harmful or Obscene Materials to a Minor Not Charged – State v. Mr. T (DMC No. 13971) (South Carolina Sheriff’s Office Investigated): Mr. T was on the website “Plenty of Fish” and had conversations with numerous women who were 18 years of age and older. He received a call from somebody purporting to be a Deputy from the South Carolina Sherriff’s Office claiming that he had gotten a call from an under aged girl’s father stating that Mr. T had sent photos of his penis to her. Mr. T denied this and the Detective indicated that he was lying. The Detective also indicated that Mr. T had spoken to the victim’s father, who had called him.
In reality, Mr. T had spoken to some girls who stated they were over the age of 18. Two of them had sent him unsolicited photos of themselves naked. When we got involved, we began contacting the South Carolina Sherriff’s Office and they had never heard of the Deputy who had contacted Mr. T. Through more investigation, we had discovered that this was an ongoing scam, conducted by scammers who would pose as women and send naked photos to men all over the country, then shake them down for financial payments with the threat of prosecution. If Mr. T were actually charged with these crimes and convicted, he could have spent well over 20 years in prison. Because we exposed this as a scam fairly quickly, he did not end up sending the “ransom money” that had been requested of him. No charges were ever brought, and he has no blemish on his record.