Charges have been filed against a man accused of persuading a teen to send him a nude photograph by threatening to ruin her parents’ credit rating and saying he would come from the Middle East to have sex with her.
Babir Majid Chaudhry, a citizen of Pakistan who lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was arrested Thursday in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been visiting a brother, the Oakland County sheriff’s department said Monday.
The Rochester Hills girl told investigators that a man contacted her online in March, when she was 15, producing financial information about her parents and threatening to destroy their credit rating if she didn’t send him a nude photograph of herself.
After she sent the photograph, the sheriff’s department said, the man told her he planned to come to the United States to have sex with her, The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press reported. The girl then went to police, and sheriff’s investigators had been posing as her for recent online communications, The Oakland Press of Pontiac reported.
The sheriff’s department said Chaudhry was in Pakistan in March and in Dubai in May while making contact with the girl, and that last week he tried to set up a meeting with her.
Authorities said Chaudhry denied forcing the girl to take photos of herself.
He is charged in Michigan with extortion, engaging in sexually abusive activity against a child, using a computer to commit a crime and communicating with another to commit a crime.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said information found on Chaudhry’s computer suggests others also may have been targeted.
There was no telephone listing in Fort Wayne for Chaudhry.