Updated: December 11, 2010 8:29AM
KEY WEST, Fla. - A Florida man arrested for soliciting naked pictures from area female college students is expected in court today to face extortion and video voyeurism charges.
Mitchell Hill, 27, of Key West, was arrested Thursday at his home where police seized evidence. They said he is the perpetrator contacting sorority girls and threatening their sorority membership if they did not turn over nude photos of themselves.
Ashley Atchison, a Florida State University freshman helped police with the case.
Atchison, 18, contacted FSU police back in September about the threats she received on Facebook.
It wasn’t until Atchison gave several media interviews that police say they realized how many cases there were at numerous universities across the Southeast.
“It was honestly a big sense of relief because this is exactly what I wanted from day one, but as time went on I just didn’t think it was gonna happen, Atchison said.
Atchison was first contacted on Facebook back in August 2010. She is one of nine similar cases at FSU.
Louisiana State University police are now directing the investigation. LSU says it has 11 similar cases. Officers, working with Facebook, identified the IP address and contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement earlier this week about Hill.
Florida officials are still investigating possible crimes at the University of Florida and Florida State University. Auburn University and the University of Alabama are have also reported cases.
“I’ve gotten messages from girls around the nation thanking me for coming out about it. That definitely reminds me that I did the right thing with speaking out,” Atchison said.
Hill faces charges with extortion and video voyeurism in Louisiana. The extradition process to Baton Rouge, La., is expected to begin during his scheduled court appearance Friday.