NJ Man used “dark web” to blackmail girlfriend’s teen sister into sex

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Bryan Cruz, 24, blackmailed his girlfriends’ 14-year-old sister into have sex on camera. He claimed the “dark web” would release pictures of her is she didn’t comply.

Cruz is being held without bail on five counts of sexual assault and two of endangering the welfare of a child, according to New York Post. 

The two had multiple sexual encounters between September 2018 and June 2019, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The girl told police last month it began when she was 13 and got a string of weird texts instructing her to get her “mom’s phone so we can see what we can do from there,” according to the affidavit.

She blocked the number and went to Cruz, then 22, for help. He then said the texts were from the “dark web”. According to Cruz, they had a photo of her holding a bag of marijuana that they would post if she didn’t comply with their demands, according to DNYUZ.

These demands included taking pictures of herself in her underwear and also while masturbating, which she eventually did. The teen sent the pictures to Cruz who said there was a “technical difficulty” and that he needed to be the intermediary between the girl and the “dark web”, according to DNYUZ.

After this Cruz went back to the girl saying the “dark web” wasn’t satisfied and demanded them to have sex and record it as “proof”. This video however wasn’t good enough, so Cruz had them have sex on multiple more occasions between the dates previously stated, according to NY Post.

The teen was told to not to tell anyone because Cruz could get in trouble due to the age difference. Cruz told Trenton police he told the girl to inform her mother about the texts.

Cruz was charged on Sept. 24, and is being held without bail.

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