The second count is punishable by five to 20 years. Bowling is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination before U.

Users of video services, such as Skype, should be aware of a variety of scams that may use footage and images captured without your knowledge, to blackmail you.

The scammers may threaten to send compromising pictures or video footage of you to your friends, colleagues or family, or post it to your networks such as Skype contacts or Facebook friends.

Others have threatened to post the footage to porn sites or You Tube.

During their Skype sessions, multiple files were exchanged. offered to purchase the female a smartphone in exchange for her showing him her nude body on camera and touching herself, including attempting to have her masturbate on camera." Bowling was initially charged at the state level in the 80 District Court on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct using force or coercion and single counts of using a computer to commit a crime and child sexually abusive material.

Those charges were dismissed on June 22 so the case could go federal.

The FBI later determined Bowling's laptop had been used to transfer child porn over the Internet.

Agent Smith also found that Bowling had misled others in Skype chats regarding his age and gender to obtain sexually explicit images or videos of minors. 7, Bowling claimed he was 20 to a 17-year-old girl.

During the video call the scammer may attempt to lead you into participating in intimate, sexual activity or nudity, which can later be used to blackmail you.

Scammers may use carefully prepared webcam images or footage of themselves which may initially seem flattering, but can increasingly become coercive and explicit.

What you may believe to be a highly intimate and private moment may in fact be watched by a room full of strangers.

Some victims have been extremely distressed following this realisation, with tragic consequences.

Skype is an instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services.