Hawaii soldier pleads guilty in sextortion case involving 13-year-old

Hawaii soldier pleads guilty in sextortion case involving 13-year-old

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii-based soldier pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from a sextortion case involving a 13-year old British girl he met on social media.

Christopher Ernest Fox, who was stationed at Schofield Barracks when he was arrested last year, changed his plea guilty on all five charges related to the case – including cyberstalking and sexual exploitation of a minor – after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

He had initially pleaded not guilty after being arrested in August.

Court documents indicate Fox met the girl online in 2016, when she was just 12 years old. The pair initially communicated through Instagram and Snapchat, documents show.

They later started using FaceTime to communicate, allegedly exchanging nude photos. Sources say that Fox then threatened to post the explicit images online if the girl didn't send more.

The court records say she did tell him her age during one of their FaceTime chats. The girl eventually notified Wiltshire Police in England, and U.S. federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security started investigating.

The criminal complaint says Fox admitted that he blackmailed the girl when agents executed a search warrant on his Schofield base apartment weeks ago. The Army put him on desk duty as the investigation continued.

Fox is scheduled to be sentenced on July 30.

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