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15-year-old arrested in Grand Island threat incident

State Police say the teen allegedly impersonated one of the district's principals to allegedly threaten female students to send him explicit photos of themselves.

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. — A 15-year-old is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly impersonating a Grand Island school principal and threatening students to send explicit pictures of themselves.

On June 22, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Computer Crimes Unit and the Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant at a home in Erie County. 

The search warrant was in relation to a complaint made earlier this month by the Grand Island School District regarding several students being threated if explicit photos of them were not provided. Troopers say the teen allegedly used multiple social media platforms to communicate the threats.

The teen is facing charges of Criminal Impersonation, Attempted Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child and Coercion. The 15-year-old was issued Family Court appearance tickets for a later date.

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