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Police: Man sent sexual images to teens, who blackmailed him

Associated Press
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WINDBER, Pa. — A man was charged with sending sexually explicit photos and videos to two teenagers after he told police the girls had blackmailed him into using his van.

Kyle Custer, 22, of Windber, called police Jan. 24 to report an unauthorized use of his van, then called back minutes later to say he no longer needed officers. When authorities sought more information about who was using the van, Custer told them the driver was a 14-year-old girl.

Custer told police he had met the girl and her 13-year-old friend in the parking lot of a day care center and let them borrow his van, which they drove around Somerset County. He allowed them to use the vehicle because “they had something on him,” authorities said.

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Custer eventually said he had been messaging the 14-year-old online and sent her sexually explicit images and videos of himself, authorities said. They then spoke with the girl, who told them Custer sent her the explicit material even though she told him her age.

Investigators also interviewed a third teen, who told them Custer sent a message to the 13-year-old girl, asking for a sexual favor in return for using the van.

Custer was charged with multiple counts related to disseminating sexual materials and unlawful contact with minors, authorities said. It wasn't known Thursday if he's retained an attorney.