US police say a man posed as a teen to extort 9 girls on Snapchat.

Authorities said a Pennsylvania man was accused of pretending as a teenager on Snapchat in order to sexually exploit at least nine girls aged between 12 and 15 years old across multiple states.

The police believe that “many” more victims are still to be identified.

Jonathan Brodecki (21), of Bensalem turned himself into police on May 30 for charges related to nine instances of sexual extortion.

McClatchy News contacted Brodecki’s lawyer for comment on May 31, but didn’t hear back immediately.

The police department reported that in January, a Snapchat user using the handle “jack_goodric”, sexually extorted a girl aged 15 years old.

Brodecki used “jack_goodric”, a fake account, to pretend to be a “middle school or early high school boy”. He convinced the teenager to “send sexually explicit pictures and videos to him”, according to police.

According to police, Brodecki threatened that he would post the girl’s pictures publicly when she broke off contact.

Police said that during their investigation they identified eight other victims aged between 12 and 15, who had communicated with “jack_goodric” and believed he was someone of their age.

Investigators reported that Brodecki had also threatened to rape, find and post pictures of a girl aged 13 years old.

Police said that Brodecki used a fake Instagram profile “for the exact same illegal purposes” of the Snapchat persona.

Brodecki is facing a number of charges, including sexual abuse, extortion and possession of child pornography. Other charges include stalking, corruption, sexually explicit material being distributed to minors, and terroristic threats.

Brodecki has been booked in Bucks County Correctional Facility. He is currently being held on a 10% bail of US$5mil. (RM23.47mil), according to police.

Bensalem Township lies about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

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