Man allegedly asks Prescott girls for nude photos in online modeling scam

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John S. Gray By Jennifer Thomas John S. Gray By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A Massachusetts man faces charges of possession of child pornography and enticing a child for sex after Prescott police uncovered an online modeling scam.

John S. Gray, 28, of Mashpee, was arrested Tuesday and booked into a Massachusetts jail.

According to Prescott police, Gray had been using Facebook to attempt to elicit nude photographs of underage girls while posing as a talent scout for a modeling agency.

Lt. Amy Bonney said the parent of a Prescott teen contacted police after she found a suspicious message on her child's phone. The message was from what appeared to be an adult male looking for "models." The man offered to pay the teen money for a modeling job but first requested graphic images from the girl.

Prescott police identified seven local victims. Detectives are working with investigators from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania to identify other victims and crimes related to Gray's activity.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Jack Shapiro of the Prescott Police Department at 928-777-1900. Callers who wish to remain anonymous and who want a cash reward must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.