Miss Teen USA's former classmate accused as webcam peeper

Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:26pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf said on Friday it was "weird" to learn that the 19-year-old California man charged with hacking into her webcam and taking nude photos in a so-called "sextortion" case, was a high school classmate.

Wolf, 19, told NBC's "Today" show she has "mixed feelings" a day after the arrest of Jared Abrahams, and that part of her feels sorry for him.

"It's weird for me to be able to put a face to the person who did this to me and to know that it's somebody I went to high school with," the beauty queen told "Today."

"He was young, my age, and I just think it's sad that he chose to do this and now has kind of put himself in this big dilemma," Wolf said. "I don't think he realizes the consequences that he's done and the people that he hurt."

Wolf and Abrahams are both from Temecula, in Southern California. The beauty queen told NBC she was not friends with Abrahams in high school, but knew his name and routinely passed him in the hallway.

A criminal complaint was filed against Abrahams accusing him of extortion, but prosecutors have not yet gone to a grand jury to obtain an indictment, and additional charges are possible, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California identified one of Abrahams' principal targets as "C.W." but the court document and the FBI did not publicly name the woman or other people - from Ireland, Canada, Russia and other places - whose online accounts Abrahams is accused of having accessed.

The FBI is looking for other people who might have been targeted by Abrahams, Eimiller said.   Continued...

 
Miss Teen USA 2013 Cassidy Wolf poses for photos at ATLANTIS, Paradise Island, Bahamas in this August 11, 2013 file photo, one day after being crowned Miss Teen USA 2013. Wolf said on September 27, 2013 it was "weird" to learn that the 19-year-old California man charged with hacking into her webcam and taking nude photos in a so-called "sextortion" case, was a high school classmate. REUTERS/Darren Decker/Miss Universe L.P., LLLP/Handout