Robert Dion Ables knew how to sound like a teenage girl.
That, a smartphone and a social media app was all he needed to trick a 14-year-old Canadian girl into sending him sexually explicit photos of herself.
If she refused to send more, Ables told the girl, he would post her photos on her Facebook page.
A federal judge gave Ables, of Hutchins, a sentence of 80 years in prison in July. At least two other North Texas men have recently been convicted of sextortion-related crimes in federal court. A fourth man, from Dallas, used a similar extortion scheme to victimize his classmates at the University of Texas at Dallas.
In most cases, the blackmailers pose as children on social media sites or a messaging app like Kik. The local cases, like others nationwide, have