Editor’s note: The Leader-Telegram normally doesn’t publish the names of minors involved in child pornography cases but made an exception in this case because the victim is now an adult who wanted to share his story to educate others about how sextortion schemes work.
The initial Facebook message to Grant Abens arrived out of the blue.
It appeared to be from an attractive young woman named Cortney Jansgen, who said she worked for a Twin Cities company called JH Modeling and was interested in offering then-15-year-old Abens a modeling deal.
The agency, she said, was looking to photograph high school athletes and would pay Abens up to $1,000 — an enticing sum for the Eau Claire North High School student just about to start his sophomore soccer season — if he would go to the Twin Cities for a fully clothed photo shoot.
After exchanging hundreds of messages to allay his skepticism — including