Police: Teen hacked websites for girls’ images, posted to porn sites
by Lindsay Field
March 16, 2013 12:00 AM | 23663 views | 15 15 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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ACWORTH — Police are asking teenage girls who could be victims of a child pornography and cruelty case to come forward.

Sgt. Dana Pierce said 17-year-old Michael William Cook is accused of using his computer to contact girls under the age of 18. He allegedly contacted them under the business name Maxi Focus Photography sometime between Nov. 1, 2012, and Jan. 1.

“I think he knew he had to have a legitimate business name so he could befriend the victims,” Pierce 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 use a computer program to access passwords for these sites and hack into an individual’s personal web page.

Once on a victim’s Web page, Cook would save any images found on their pages 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 off of the girls’ own websites or social media sites.

Police have so far identified eight victims, the youngest of whom was 14 years old, but they anticipate there being more.

“We have no clue how many victims we could be looking at,” Pierce said. “Even though we do have images from his computer, we can’t identify all the victims.”

Pierce said he does not know the details of the photos, whether they show the victims’ faces or not, nor how police learned about the incidents.

He also said that Harrison High School is not a part of the investigation and that they have found victims in the Cherokee County area as well.

“Since it’s beginning to broaden, we don’t want to narrow anybody’s focus,” he said.

Pierce said Cook is the only suspect believed to be involved in the case.

Cook was arrested Wednesday at Harrison High School in Kennesaw on seven counts of first-degree cruelty to children and one count of distribution of child pornography.

The Acworth teen is being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail.

Anyone who may have corresponded with Maxi Focus Photography is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Children’s Unit at 770-801-3470.
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concerned citizen
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March 24, 2013
To all of the people who think that the girls should be prosecuted for taking nude pictures of themselves- have a heart. They weren't plastering their own pictures all over the internet. The pictures were most likely in a message. If the boy had to hack into their accounts to get the pictures then that means they were private pictures, not intended for the public. It is true that taking nude pictures and putting them anywhere on the internet isn't using great judgement, but the real issue here, in my opinion, is that teens need to be more educated about how the internet and social media function and how they can keep themselves safe.
Mom234567
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March 19, 2013
Anything these girls posted on the Internet ie Facebook, MySpace, Twitter is open for ANYONE with money to purchase the appropriate programs to download. It's crazy to me that this young man has any "sexual" charges against him. He should be charged with theft for posting them on porn sites, but he didn't take the pictures. These dumb girls did! They should be prosecuted as well if he is. This is just OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!
Just Wait
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March 16, 2013
Hey Mom and Dad! Did you know that your precious daughter has posted for nekked pictures? That she put on the computer? That got posted on a web site? By her? That got hacked by a nerd? And posted on a porn site? You didn't? WAKE UP! Get involved in your child's life before it's too late.
Tired of it All
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March 16, 2013
One other thing that annoys me to no end .. he's a kid, but in the eyes of the law, he's a "man" .. so the headlines at various news sites read something like "Man posts nude pics of children" .. sounds horrible .. if the youngest "victim" (who took nudes pics of herself and posted them online, albeit in an account she thought was private) was 14, then I assume most of the other girls were 15 or 16 or maybe 17 .. so we have a 17 yr boy posting nude pics that he didn't take of peers .. invasion of privacy? yes ... child pornographer? give me a break .. the girls have been victimized not only by this boy but also by their own stupidity and casual attitude toward nude pictures of themselves .. in reality, they are as much "victims" as he is a "man" ..
Man Indeed
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March 18, 2013
In Georgia, there is no legal difference in a 17 year old and a 50 year old when it comes to criminal prosecution. 17 equals being an adult and going to the big jail.
UDhouldAgree2
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March 16, 2013
I agree with the post before moms in crisis... get a grip people.
No justice
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March 15, 2013
If any of those 14, 15, 16 or 17 year-old girls took pictures of herself and sent them to friends, then she should be prosecuted for producing & distributing child pornography. Of course we know that won't happen because the DA wants to send this boy up the river. His life is essentially over.
Moms in crisis
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March 15, 2013
This is just awful--Hopefully he is no longer a student at Harrison.
Tired of it All
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March 15, 2013
My understanding from what I heard on the TV last night is that he found nude pics that the 14-15-16-17 year old "children" (may/all of whom were classmates) in question had posted in various private accounts. He "harvested" those pics and then re-posted them elsewhere. If that (or anything similar) is true, then he is no more a child predator than the "young ladies" are child pornographers, having taken nude pictures of children and posted them on the internet. If these "young ladies" had indeed posted nude pictures of themselves online then they have violated child pornography laws and they should be prosecuted... don't you agree? On the other hand, if he took pictures of girls without their knowledge and posted them online, he's a criminal and should be prosecuted.
Joe The Jock
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March 15, 2013
Do you really think this loser took the pictures? Cmon
This is ridiculous
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March 15, 2013
I agree. Why were these girls taking and posting photos of themselves to private accounts? They need to be held accountable for their actions, too.
tired of it
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March 16, 2013
The girls are NOT the victims here, he found the pictures on their websites. They are just as guilty as he is. Prosecute them also.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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March 15, 2013
If guilty, this is the face of a Child Predator In The Making!
ohffs
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March 15, 2013
You're kind of an idiot.

That's the face of a kid posting pictures of his peers. Get a grip.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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March 15, 2013
@ohffs: If this is, indeed, "...the face of a kid posting pictures of his peers", it is HE that needs to get "a grip", aka "a life" not me!
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