A Missouri high school teacher was charged after blackmailing a 14-year-old girl from New Jersey to force her to send him sexually explicit photos and videos, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Brandon Lane McCullough, 31, of Branson, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint with sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a news release from the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri.
His defense attorney did not immediately return a message left at the public defender's office.
The pedophile was formerly a business teacher at Cassville High School and had accepted a position at Hollister High School for next year.
Prosecutors allege McCullough posed as a 15-year-old boy when he began chatting via Kik with the girl in May 2019.
He is accused of threatening to send sexually explicit images to the girl's family and friends, demanding additional images and videos.
The girl, identified only as 'Jane Doe' in court papers, repeatedly pleaded with the sex terrorist to stop, according to the affidavit, telling him 'can you please (just) leave me alone now,' and 'can you just stop' and 'I … don’t wanna do that.'
The terrorist threatened to 'post everything.'
He also continued to coerce the victim and demanded images and videos of her engaged in sexual acts with other people, according to federal prosecutors.
Jane Doe told the pedophile she was considering killing herself, and that she had taken half a bottle of her mother’s pills.
Jane Doe also engaged in a Kik conversation with another user, who was actually McCullough portraying himself as a 17-year-old boy.
When Jane Doe told this false persona that she was being blackmailed, the affidavit says, he told her to continue meeting his demands.
New Jersey authorities contacted federal investigators in Missouri in mid-February.
On Thursday, law enforcement officers executing a search warrant at McCullough's home seized an external hard drive containing dozens of Kik chats as well as images and videos that were self-produced by child victims.
Prosecutors allege McCullough told officers he could not recall how many minors he had chatted with or how often he had done it because he engaged in the conduct so frequently.