Livingston Parish man indicted in connection with 'sextortion' scheme
BATON ROUGE - A Livingston Parish man has been indicted based on accusations that he ran a "sextortion" scheme involving multiple children to obtain and distribute child pornography on an international scale.
According to the Attorney General's Office, 25-year-old Matthew Walker was indicted Tuesday on charges of extortion, production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and forfeiture.
The indictment indicates that Walker used various social networking sites and chat apps, most notably the Kik Messenger chat application, to lure his victims. Walker used various online identities and screen names to represent himself as a teenage girl, establish contact with juveniles and manipulate them to obtain compromising images of the underage girls. Walker used the screen names "emilyluvsyou20", "Emily", "its_zooey_2002" and "Zoey Jane" while operating his scheme online, according to the indictment.
The AG's Office says Walker then threatened to send the compromising images of the victims to their schools, families, friends and the public unless the victims continued to provide him with more images of themselves in the nude or engaging in sexually explicit acts. Some victims complied with the man's demands, but the indictment indicates that four victims eventually told a family member which led to the involvement of law enforcement.
WBRZ.com reported on Walker's arrest and booking into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison back in March of this year. A search of his residence turned up multiple files of child pornography involving children under the age of 13.
If convicted, Walker faces significant incarceration, fines, restitution, forfeiture and supervised release following his imprisonment.
The Attorney General's Office says the investigation of the case is ongoing. While four victims have come forward, law enforcement is trying to confirm the identity of many other victims who became involved in the same scheme. Anyone who believes that they might have been a victim or know a victim of Walker's activity is encouraged to contact the Baton Rouge Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Investigations at (225) 757-7770.