A Federal Grand Jury indicted 31-year-old Christopher Patrick Gunn in Montgomery, Thursday.
Authorities say he had nude or partially nude pictures of underage girls on his cell phone and laptop computer, which he solicited from them on Facebook.
They say he used fake Facebook profiles to extort the images from girls between age nine and 16 in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Police there received complaints from junior high students that Gunn, using an assumed name, solicited them for inappropriate pictures over Facebook.
"To those families and those young children who may have been exploited over the internet to come forward and cooperate with law enforcement even though I know it’s embarrassing for them to do it, it’s embarrassing for the families but exploitation cannot be stopped unless we have willing victims to come forward,” said George Beck, U.S District Attorney.
"We know most cell phones can access the internet and it may be that parents don't know exactly what their children are doing on the cell phone and you think you know what they're doing on the computer but it's just as important to monitor who they're talking to online even through the cell phone,” said Nathan Stump, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Gunn is being held without bond.
A trial date is set for July 30.
If convicted Gunn faces a possible maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, $500,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release.
If you have any information related to these crimes call the FBI at 334-263-1691.