Cory Montgomery (Provided by Goshen Township police)
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
A South Carolina man faces charges after Goshen Township police say he allegedly sent two teenage boys gifts in exchange for naked pictures.
Cory Montgomery, 20, is held at the York County, South Carolina jail on charges of solicitation of a minor, said Sgt. Ron Robinson.
Police are still reviewing his iPhone and computer and trying to identify "multiple" juveniles whose photos are on the devices, he said. More charges are pending.
The case developed when police responded to a Nov. 1 complaint from a Goshen Township parent who reported a man was sending his 15-year-old son expensive gifts including baseball equipment and brand new LeBron James sneakers, Robinson said.
Police determined Montgomery had met the 15-year-old and another boy, 14, via the social media site Instagram.
"He saw their photos and liked what he saw," Robinson said,
The suspect also communicated with the the teens on Snapchat and Facebook.
Police determined Montgomery sent the teenage boys thousands in gifts in exchange for their explicit photos. Robinson says Montgomery was lying about his identity to talk to the boys over the internet.
At first Montgomery said he was a female but then changed his story, saying his dad worked for a sporting magazine company, Robinson says. He friended them by saying he was going to get the boys into a magazine.
"He would send them nude photos of females, young females, pictures of females, videos of females just to kind of get into friends with them," Robinson said.
The suspect never came in contact with the boys, but he did search their addresses online and still had them stored in his phone when he was taken into custody, Robinson said.
"He MapQuested their house, he had Googled their address, he had how to get from South Carolina to here so that gentleman had taken some steps to possibly come here so of course the family is obviously scared," Robinson said.
Police also confirm that Montgomery lives and goes to school in South Carolina while also working at a daycare.
The case is a wake-up call for all parents to closely monitor their children's smartphones, computers and activities on social media, police say.
"These iPhones or computers and social media in general are just dangerous," Robinson said. "They don't know who they are meeting. These kids think they are trying to meet someone who is nice to them and, in reality, it's a sexual predator who has one motive in mind."