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Man blackmailed teenager over nude pics, police allege

A 22-year-old man will face court next month for allegedly trying to blackmail a teenager after she posted explicit images on a private online dating site.

Police allege the Fadden man threatened to  spread the images of the 18-year-old woman unless he received sexual favours.

The victim had uploaded photos of herself to a private online dating site and allowed the alleged offender to see them.

After viewing the images, the alleged offender then contacted the woman and made threats of blackmail.

The teenager contacted police and the alleged offender's home and car were searched. He was arrested, charged and will appear in court next month.

ACT Police have warned people to be careful about  releasing explicit images and personal details online, as it "makes them highly vulnerable to exploitation".

"Unfortunately, there are manipulative people in our community who will leverage tools such as online dating sites for their own base needs," ACT Policing's Acting Superintendent Jo Cameron said.

"People need to be well aware that the identities and intentions of others who post to these sites may be questionable."

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