BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A man accused of extorting a pair of teenage girls with naked photos is headed to trial.
Charles J. Cummings, of Woodstock Drive, waived his preliminary hearing Monday. He faces a pretrial conference on Feb. 6.
Bethlehem police charged Cummings with child pornography and extortion after investigators allegedly found thousands of photos of naked, partially naked or scantily-clad teens after receiving a tip from FBI investigators in Michigan. Authorities allege the 19-year-old extorted 62 nude videos, 127 nude photos and $730 from one victim after threatening to send the pictures and videos to her grandmother.
Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said the investigation continues as it's believed Cummings has 300 young female victims across the country. The Bethlehem Police Department is working with the FBI to figure out how to put the case under one court and if state or federal charges need to be filed, he said.