Man arrested after demanding underage explicit photos

Handcuffs (KSN File Photo)

ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas – A 39-year-old man was arrested after allegedly demanding explicit photos of an underage girl and threatening to physically harm her family.

The Arkansas City Police Department responded to a report of threats being sent by text on Monday. The girl reported that she received threatening messages on her cell phone from an unknown number.

Throughout the day, the suspect continued to send threatening messages and pictures.

Police used technology to locate the suspect, identified as Stevie Austin Barnes. He was taken into custody and booked into the Cowley County Jail. Barnes is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child, blackmail, criminal threat, and obstruction of the legal process.


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