Teen held in Taiping for threatening to post semi-nude photos of Sabah girl

Police are checking whether the suspect is involved in other similar online extortion cases.

KOTA KINABALU: A teenager has been arrested in Taiping for threatening to circulate semi-naked photos he obtained through Instagram from a 15-year-old girl in Sabah’s southwestern Beaufort district.

The 18-year-old had befriended the Form Four student through the social media app last month and introduced himself as an agent scouting for new models.

Beaufort police chief Azmir Abd Razak said the suspect, using the account name Fordhaneem, offered the girl the opportunity to model for his “agency”.

He said the suspect even sent the girl a form to fill through Instagram.

When that was settled, he asked her to send nude photos of herself to select the size of clothes. The girl only sent him semi-naked pictures.

The girl became suspicious when the suspect insisted on her sending full naked photos of herself and decided not to entertain his subsequent messages.

Azmir said the girl then received a WhatsApp text from someone named “Harith” who claimed that he had obtained the photos from Fordhaneem.

“‘Harith’ said he could help stop the photos from being spread online but she had to pay him RM500 first. If she failed to do so, he threatened to release the photos and these could go viral.

“The girl, however, did not make the payment because she suspected Harith and Fordhaneem were the same person.”

After the girl lodged a police report, Azmir said police tracked down the suspect to Taiping.

The suspect has been remanded for six days.

Police are now probing if the suspect is involved in similar cases reported in other states.