Pennsylvania police said that a New Jersey man was arrested for soliciting nude photographs from two teenage sisters using TikTok.
Ryan Corcoran, 26, of Andover, was arrested on child pornography charges for allegedly asking the 11 and 12-year-old girls to send him nude photos of themselves first on TikTok direct messages and then via text messages, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
The girls’ father contacted the county’s Detective Bureau on April 20 when one of his daughters told him that she had sent a naked photo of herself to a texter, later revealed to be Corcoran.
They also received messages from an unknown number. It was purportedly the sister, 14 years old, of the first texter. But, in reality, both were Corcoran.
Prosecutors have confirmed that the girls were given naked photos to them and asked for naked photos.
These messages were sent by the sisters who hail from Montgomery County and exchanged on April 17, 20.
The investigation traced the texting phone number to Ad Hoc Labs — a service designed to conceal a user’s true phone number. Law enforcement agents served a subpoena to the company and were able to trace the phone number and IP address to an account belonging to Corcoran’s father.
Corcoran verified to detectives that the phone number was his and served the warrant.
Both girls’ phone numbers were found on the phone stored as contacts, the messages exchanged with the sisters as well as the original naked image sent by one of the girls.
“This defendant was reaching out to random young girls on a social media platform and soliciting them to take photos of themselves in sexually explicit poses, clearly creating child pornographic images,”Kevin R. Steele was the Montgomery County District attorney in a written statement.
“This is another example that there are predators out there on the internet trying to take advantage of young innocent children. Parents need to be ever-vigilant to protect their children from these predators.”
Corcoran was charged with felony charges of child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communications facility, the DA’s office said.
Corcoran was arraigned on June 13th. He posted $50,000 bail cash and was granted release on the conditions that he not use the internet or contact minors.
Next, he is due to appear before the court at a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 27.
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