NORFOLK - A Raymondville woman facing child pornography charges is being described by state police as not only a suspect but also a victim after she was apparently duped into sending nude images of a young child to someone she thought was a photographer affiliated with a modeling agency.
Samantha L. Sipos, 25, of Raymondville was charged with using a child under 17 in a sexual performance, third-degree obscenity and endangering the welfare of a child Thursday following investigation into an incident actually reported by Sipos herself.
She came into the station on May 4 and reported that she had been duped into sending pictures of (a five year old) to someone she thought was a photographer on Kik, said New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Leslie Loran.
Ms. Loran explained Kik is a smartphone instant messaging app.
According to Ms. Loran, Sipos was contacted on the app by someone identified as Crystal, who was claiming to be a photographer with MW Photography Co. in New York City.
Ms. Sipos was asked if she had a daughter, and if she was beautiful, questions that she answered yes to both times.
Ms. Loran said Sipos was led to believe that Crystal could help land modeling jobs for the young girl.
She started sending photos (of the girl) and at some point she began sending nude photos to this guy, Mr. Loran said, adding she was told that in order to be considered for swimsuit modeling, agencies had to see what the girls looked like naked.
Ms. Loran said Sipos went to the police after Crystal had asked her for a video of Sipos rubbing oil onto the girl, something that Sipos never did provide, although she was threatened that if she did not provide a video the photographs she had already submitted would be published on-line without any modeling opportunities coming in the future.
When reporting the incident to state police, Ms. Loran said Sipos originally downplayed the photos, but as the investigation continued it became clear the photographs were more than Sipos had led police to initially believe.
When we looked at the photos, they were found to be provocative, Ms. Loran said. She (the girl) was obviously posing. They were more than she (Sipos) had portrayed them to be.
Mr. Loran said Sipos voluntarily turned over her cell phone to police to be used in the investigation. On the phone, police discovered 43 photos of the girl in various stages of undress, with nude photos and photos of the girls private parts included in the files.
Its a unique situation, because not only is she a suspect, but she is also a victim, Ms. Loran said. She was being extorted.
The investigation into the situation is ongoing, and Mr. Loran said state police are being aided by the Department of Homeland Security.
If this could happen to her than he Crystal is probably doing it to other people too, Ms. Loran said. Right now were trying to locate this Crystal person from Kik.