Michael William Cook, 17, remains in the Cobb County Jail without bond on seven counts of child cruelty and one count of exploitation of children.
He was arrested March 13 at Harrison High School in Kennesaw. Police have not released information about who called in the crime or how it was discovered.
The first eight victims identified were juveniles — the youngest being 14 — but Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said they have also identified some adult women whose images were stolen.
“This stretches beyond school-aged girls,” he said.
The number of victims has grown beyond the original eight girls to include “dozens” of victims, and that list continues to grow, according to Pierce.
Pierce couldn’t say if any of the girls or women lived outside of Georgia, but photos were being identified from victims across the northwest Atlanta region.
He also said they are still trying to identify all the victims and that on Thursday one of them came in to help detectives determine whether or not she was a victim of the crime.
How was he getting the photos?
Cook is accused of using his computer to contact teenage girls and women under the business name Maxi Focus Photography between Nov. 1 and Jan. 1.
Pierce previously said Cook would gain enough trust from the young women to eventually get social media or website sign-in names.
Using that information, he would then hack into an individual’s personal Web page.
Once on a victim’s Web page, Cook would download images found there to his personal computer and then upload those images to a pornographic website, police said.
Cook did not take any of the photos himself. He is accused of stealing the photos from the women’s and girls’ own websites or social media sites.