A Camas man has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography and online child exploitation.
Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office Digital Evidence Cyber-crimes Unit, with assistance from Camas police, Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have arrested Zachary William Akers, 20, for numerous felonies.
According to a press release, Akers is accused of befriending several young females through the Facebook social media site. He then threatened to expose their private messages and compromising photographs he had received, to the victims friends and families unless they agreed to send lewd photos and videos to him, or meet him to have sexual relations. In several cases, Akers sent images of child pornography he had obtained to other persons over the internet.
A search warrant on his cell phone, laptop computer and Facebook accounts revealed an extensive list of minor female victims. Many of them have yet to be identified. Akers used Facebook accounts in his name, as well as other aliases.
Anyone who believes they may be a victim of Akers, or may have information about one of these cases, should contact Det. David Jensen of the Digital Evidence Cyber-crimes Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VPD recommends that parents closely monitor their child’s use of the internet, particularly social media and online communication platforms such as Facebook, Kik, WhatsApp and Skype.
“Kids should use extreme caution when online and should never communicate with, or send private photographs to, people they do not know in person,” the release stated.