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Police arrest Mass. man in Facebook modeling scam

John S. Gray, 28, of Mashpee, Mass.

John S. Gray, 28, of Mashpee, Mass.

PRESCOTT - Authorities in Massachusetts on Tuesday arrested a man whom Prescott police said was using the Internet website Facebook to attract girls to send him nude photos, claiming he was running a modeling agency, a PPD spokeswoman said.

A parent of a Prescott-area teen contacted police after she found what police spokeswoman Lt. Amy Bonney called "suspicious" messages on the girl's phone.

The messages offered to pay the girl for a modeling job, but first, he asked for graphic images. The parent was able to intervene and police opened an investigation, Bonney said.

Working with detectives from the Falmouth, Mass., police department, investigators identified John S. Gray, 28, of Mashpee, Mass., as the suspect in the scam, Bonney said.

Prescott police have identified seven local victims of his scam, she said, and are looking for others.

Gray was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography and enticing a child for sex. Prescott police detectives are working with investigators from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to identify other possible victims in Gray's case, Bonney said.

Anyone with information is asked to call PPD Det. Jack Shapiro at 928-777-1900 or make an anonymous report to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 for which they may be eligible for a cash reward.


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