South Jersey man stalked, blackmailed teen girls online, indictment charges

New Jersey authorities say a Gloucester County man stalked young girls online and blackmailed them into sending him sexually explicit photos or exposing themselves on a webcam.

Michael Van Culin has been indicted on multiple counts, including extortion and manufacturing child pornography.

Authorities say the 31-year-old Monroeville man allegedly obtained sexually explicit photos or videos of four girls — three who ranged in age from 14 to 16 years and a 17-year-old. He allegedly tried to blackmail a fifth girl into sending him sexually explicit photos, but she did not comply.

The indictment against Van Culin was handed up Friday and made public Monday. He could face several decades in prison if convicted on all counts.

It was not known Monday if Van Culin has retained an attorney.

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