Hadi Cherri,

Hadi Cherri (Photo: Macomb County Sheriff's Office)

Metro Detroit Man Accused Of Blackmailing 13-Year-Old Girl For Nude Photos On Snapchat

Investigators believe there may be additional victims

April 02, 2018 - 12:45 pm
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DEARBORN (WWJ) - A Dearborn man is facing felony charges after he allegedly coerced and threatened young girl into sending him nude photos.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Hadi Cherri began communicating with the victim -- a 13-year-old St. Clair Shores girl -- on the social media app Snapchat. 

Soon after, he started to solicit her for nude photos, claiming he already had a picture and would expose her if she did not send more. The victim did give in under pressure, according to investigators, but Cherri continued with his threats and demands.

An investigation by the MCSO's Macomb Area Computer Enforcement (MACE) team led to Cherri's arrest at his home in Dearborn.

Cherri was arraigned in the 40th District Court of St. Clair Shores last week on the following counts: Children – Accosting for Immoral Purposes (4 year felony); Computers – Internet – Communicating with Another to Commit Crime (10 year felony); Extortion (20 year felony); Computers – Using to Commit a Crime (20 year felony).

Bond was set at $150,000, 10 percent, on the conditions that if Cherri is released he wear a GPS tether, agree not to use the internet and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18. 

As an investigation continues, authorities are looking for additional young females who may have been targeted by Cherri.

“I urge young people who feel pressured or suspicious to go to a parent or trusted adult," said Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, in a statement. "I encourage parents to talk with their children about the dangers of the internet, specifically speaking with people they do not know on a personal level. Know what your children are doing online; what apps they are using and who they are communicating with. It’s not an invasion of privacy, it’s a matter of keeping your children safe."

Anyone who believes that they or their child had inappropriate contact with Cherri is asked to contact Det. Perry at 586-463-4191