We have taken several reports in the last couple months involving teenagers that have been “sextorted” online. Please see this article from the FBI for more information.
This crime occurs on various chat apps or electronic service providers such as Google, Facebook , etc. Sextortion describes a crime that happens online when an adult convinces a person who is younger than 18 to share sexual pictures or perform sexual acts on a webcam.
Sextortion can start on any site where people meet and communicate. Someone may contact you while you are playing a game online or reach out over a dating app or one of your social media accounts.
In some cases, the first contact from the criminal will be a threat. The person may claim they already have a picture or video of you that they will share if you don’t send more pictures. More often, however, this crime starts when young people believe they are communicating with someone their own age who is interested in a relationship or someone who is offering something of value. The adult can use threats, gifts, money, flattery, lies, or other methods to get a young person to produce these images.
After the criminal has one or more videos or pictures, they use the threat of sharing or publishing that content to get the victim to produce more images. (In our cases the suspect will threaten to send the illicit video to family members unless the victim pays the suspect not to).
The adult has committed a crime as soon as they ask a young person for a single graphic image.
Parents/guardians, please have a conversation about this with your teen. Make sure they know that if this happens to them and they do send video/image, they are not in trouble, they are the victim. They may be embarrassed or scared to come to you and tell you what happened. Please also tell your teen that once he/she sends a video/image that it’s now beyond their control as to where it is disseminated next.
Please report all sextortion attempts to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip line at https://report.cybertip.org/ and your local law enforcement agency.
In order to maintain staffing levels, we are limiting exposure to the community, therefore, we will not be conducting hand to hand transactions in our Records Unit (located at 199 Town Center Pkwy).
Please use the phone receiver on the wall if you need to request an officer. If you need a copy of a police/crash report, need to pick up property from the Evidence Custodian please use the following contact information:
Property and Evidence Pick-up:
Melissa Wilson | firstname.lastname@example.org | 931-486-2252 x251
Roger Peters | email@example.com | 931-486-2252 x221
Margaret Derryberry | firstname.lastname@example.org (PREFERRED) | 931-486-2252 x234
Information you will need to provide us:
Case number or name and date of birth of the party involved, along with the date/time of the incident
Your name and phone number
Method by which you want us to send the documents; email (preferred), fax, or mail.
We will advise you about payment upon completing your request.
We want to remind people that they are required by Municipal Code to register their alarm system with the City. Officers may issue citations of you don’t have an alarm permit or did not renew your alarm permit.
From the City of Spring Hill’s Website (springhilltn.org):
Alarm Permits are required of all residents and businesses within the City of Spring Hill that maintain an alarm system. We require an annually updated alarm renewal to keep our records current. “Alarm system” means any assembly of equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the police department and/or fire department that an emergency exists and the department is needed. “Alarm system” shall also mean any alarm device which automatically emits audible, visual, or other response upon the occurrence of any hazard or emergency and is intended to alert persons outside the building to the existence of said hazard or emergency.
Permit Fees and Application Requirements
New Alarm Permit – $20
Renewed Permit – $10
An Alarm System Registration Form must be completed and submitted to the Spring Hill City Hall, along with payment for the permit fee. Alarm registration forms and payments may be submitted in person to the Finance Office located inside the Spring Hill City Hall building at 199 Town Center Pkwy., Spring Hill, TN 37174. They may also be mailed to:
City of Spring Hill P.O. Box 789 Spring Hill, TN 37174 Attn: Alarm Registration
The alarm system user will be issued an alarm permit sticker that must be placed in a suitable and readily recognizable location for emergency responders (place the alarm permit sticker on the front door of the residence or the primary entry door of a business).
Alarm Permits are valid from the time of purchase until December 31 of the same year.
The Spring Hill Police Department is a Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee facility. Our staff is fully trained and equipped to receive a newborn surrender under the Tennessee Safe Haven Law. This law allows a mother who is experiencing a hidden or unintended pregnancy to confidentially surrender her unharmed newborn with 14 days of birth to over 750+ SSPTN facilities across the state without fear of prosecution. For more information, visit www.secretsafeplacetn.org. @Secretsafeplace