Georgia man accused of extorting sexually explicit photos from underage girls

A Georgia man is facing federal charges in a child pornography case that one official called “as repulsive as it is illegal.”

Clinton Briggs Miller, 26, of Rome was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges of enticing minors to produce child pornography. According to information released Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, the charges stem from text messages Miller exchanged with underage girls in California and Georgia.

“He befriended them, persuaded them to send him explicit photographs of themselves, and then threatened to post those photographs on social media websites unless they continued to send him increasingly explicit photographs,” the news release said.

The exchanges allegedly took place in July. The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Rome Police Department.

“Enticing, tricking and intimidating children into taking sexually explicit photographs of themselves with their cell phones is as repulsive as it is illegal,” U.S. Attorney John Horn said in an emailed statement. “This case illustrates the dangers faced by minors who send racy photos of themselves on phones or over social media.”