An Army soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is charged with coercing young girls in Pierce County into sending him nude photos.
David Michael Ford, 24, is in jail Tuesday, charged with 25 criminal counts, including possession of child pornography and extortion, as well as communication with a minor for immoral purposes and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Prosecutors claim Ford victimized at least seven young girls in Pierce County, all between the ages of 15 and 17.
Ford met all but one of the girls on Facebook, according to detectives, and then bribed each of them them with money, gifts and alcohol in exchange for sexual images and video of themselves.
If victims stopped sending photos, prosecutors said Ford threatened to release the images to their families and friends.
One victim, a 15-year-old girl, told prosecutors she sent Ford nude pictures while the two chatted dozens of times on Skype. In return, he sent her $1,000 worth of items, including an iPhone.
On one occasion, prosecutors said Ford tried to initiate sexual activity in person with one of the girls. When she left, prosecutors said Ford refused to return a bag of items she left in his car without more nude photos.
One of the victims told detectives she kept a video of Ford allegedly masturbating on her cell phone in order to prevent him from demanding more images of her.
Detectives with the Washington State Patrol searched Ford's computer and found dozens of pictures of potential victims.
Ford is from Macon, Georgia and recently returned from military deployment, detectives said.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim is encouraged to contact the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children's Task Force at 360-704-2400.