The suspect is a 19-year old man from Temecula, near Los Angeles. Wolf is from Orange County, California.
The FBI in Southern California has identified the sextortion suspect as Jared James Abrahams. Investigators say he committed cybercrimes. They say he hacked into victims' accounts.
The FBI says there are multiple victims.
Cassidy Wolf was Miss California Teen USA before winning Miss Teen USA last month at the pageant in the Bahamas. Wolf told reporters that she got an anonymous email from someone who claimed to have nude photos of her that were taken from her webcam. Wolf said that the person who sent the emails tried to extort money from her to keep the photos from being made public.
In court papers, the FBI said it had been investigating Abrahams for nearly six months. Investigators learned that he had obtained nude photos and video after hacking into victims’ web-enabled cameras.
The LA Times notes that the Wolf case is the latest in the string of so-called sextortion cases involving suspects who have hacked into victims’ computers to obtain sexually compromising photos.
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