WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Lauren Mc Grath doesn’t know why or how her Facebook photos came to be used in a Facebook sex scandal now going viral on both coasts, but she doesn’t intend to let the violating act go unanswered.
Only Mc Grath’s photos propping up the Facebook page, which has since been deleted. There’s a young woman who was so stressed she kind of had to put her life on hold for awhile and go back home.” The Stranger’s story has since gone viral, with versions appearing on New York Magazine’s website, and the DCist, among other sites.
Seattle police tell WUSA9 they are investigating several sets of allegations that have arisen from the women profiled by the Stranger, and since, but no charges have been filed. “I discovered he was using photos of me dating all the way back to 2011,” she said. He’s been doing this for a long time.” Reached by email on Wednesday, Hickey did not answer direct questions from WUSA9 about the Stranger report, or whether/why he had used Mc Grath’s photos.
"However, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone in Northern Ireland to be mindful of their online activity, particularly with strangers.
If you feel you have been compromised online in anyway, please report it to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
The charges are connected to a PSNI investigation into webcam blackmail linked to the death of 17-year-old Ronan Hughes in Co Tyrone in June 2015. PSNI have been liaising with a number of agencies in a variety of jurisdictions, including Policia Româna (Romanian Police), the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism in Romania, the National Crime Agency, and Europol, as part of the investigation.