The Cyber Crime Unit under the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested an Army personnel who had tricked minors and later blackmailed them.
The suspect (26), who is said to be a member of the Army football team and attached to the Boyagane camp, was arrested on Monday (04).
He had posed as a model on Facebook and tricked schoolgirls to send nudes, and later blackmailed them, threatening to expose their photos.
The CID says that he had been engaged in this practice for quite some time and one schoolgirl from Gampaha had even been forced to deposit Rs. 50,000 to his account.
The CID states that they were able to arrest him in Kurunegala after investigating the complaints lodged with them by 3 female A/L students including the aforementioned schoolgirl from Gampaha.
One of the students had been asked to meet him at Kurunegala town to spend the night at a hotel and authorities have arrested him accordingly.
Investigations have revealed that he had also gone as far as to force blackmailed schoolgirls to meet him at lodges in this manner.
The CID urges any more victims who had fallen prey to him to come forward and inform them.