The investigation started two years ago after a mother told a lawman from Ontario, Canada, that the nude video of her daughter must have been shot while her family was vacationing in Mexico.
When the family returned from vacation in September 2016, she reported that she saw her 12-year-old daughter messaging someone who was threatening to post nude images of her on social media if the girl refused to send additional photos.
The child’s iPod was turned over to an investigator with the Windsor Police Service, who discovered the threat the mother had seen and the nude images that formed the basis of the threat.
The maker of that threat was eventually traced to an address in Arlington and the information was compiled in a court document that led to the arrest of Yousef Hendi, 26.
Hendi pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in prison in federal court in Fort Worth on Thursday, according to a news release from the U. S. Department of Justice.
Hendi found some of his victims by impersonating a girl and joining an online teen-only group, where he would challenge members to prove they were really female, the release said.
Once Hendi had obtained a nude image of the minor, he would then threaten and coerce her into sending additional sexually explicit images and videos, the release said.
Sometimes, if the teen would not comply, Hendi would threaten to commit suicide, a federal criminal complaint stated.
So far, investigators say they have located 19 of his victims.
Hendi messaged several of the victims using Kik, a popular internet messaging service used by teens, the Justice Department release said.