A Bristol County resident faces federal charges after allegedly threatening to send explicit photos of a teenage girl to her friends and family if she didn’t do what he wanted, WPRI reported.
David Ackell, 48, is accused of coercing a 16-year-old girl he met on social media into sending him explicit photos. Ackell told the girl he was a 21-year-old pilot while they sent sexual messages to each other.
Things took a turn when the girl tried to cease conversations with Ackell because she felt uncomfortable. Ackell allegedly told the girl that she was his slave and threatened to reveal the photos to her entire Instagram friends list if she didn’t do what he said, WPRI reported.
For two years, the girl was forced to stay in communication with Ackell, until her father discovered what was happening and told the police. During this time, the girl told investigators she became depressed and suicidal.