Man Caught Blackmailing 14-Year-Old Girl On Facebook

James Dale Brown faces jail time for blackmailing a 14-year-old girl for pornography, using Facebook to contact her.

Another legal victory for Facebook: A man pled guilty to blackmailing a 14-year-old girl through contact initiated on the social network, in a case called the first of its kind to be prosecuted in Northern California.

James Dale Brown, a 27-year-old from Fremont, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and attempting to coerce the girl for additional child pornography via Facebook.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Brown admitted that he befriended the girl using a Facebook profile with a fake name, “Bob Lewis.” He then managed to get a raunchy picture of the girl, and threatened to send it to all her contacts — many of them also underage — if she didn’t send him a sex video of herself.

The girl held her own, however, and resisted the guy’s harassment until April 2009, when Brown actually carried through with his promise and sent a link to the raunchy picture to one of the girl’s friends. A week later, the FBI sent out a search warrant for him in Fremont, and finally arrested him last August.

The Department of Justice said in a press release, “This is the first case involving the attempted extortion of a minor for child pornography via a social networking website to be prosecuted in the Northern District of California.” Brown is expected to be sentenced on May 11, and could face up to 30 years in prison plus a fine of up to $500,000.

Unfortunately, he isn’t the first Californian to use Facebook to get a hold of women’s sexually explicit photos and harrass them. Just last month,George Bronk – – a 23-year-old from Citrus Heights, California – – confessed to stalking at least 172 women on the social network, hacking into their email accounts to search for nude pictures to resend to the victim’s entire contact list.

Facebook continues to work on improving safety on the social network in order to prevent any additional creeps from repeating what Brown and Bronk have done. Do you have any suggestions on how this could be done better?