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Teen girls extorted into sex by Homestead High student, police say

Terry Fenelon
Terry Fenelon Miami-Dade Corrections

Three teen girls performed sex acts on a Homestead High student who repeatedly threatened to harm their families or post their nude photos online, authorities said.

Arrested Wednesday was 18-year-old Terry Fenelon, who was charged with sexual battery by coercion and extortion.

Prosecutors and police say Fenelon, using a phone messenger app, posed as a man known as “Dre” to extort the girls, even stalking them at their homes between November and January. They eventually reported him to police and school administrators.

“This forced sexual humiliation of young women was meant to satisfy a sick need for power,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. “We know that there are more victims who suffered at the hands of this young man. This is the time for other victims to come forward.”

According to an arrest warrant, the two girls — ages 15 and 16 — began receiving mysterious messages on the popular app called KIK Messenger. He soon began asking for nude photos, which they initially refused.

Miami-Dade Schools Police said “Dre” stalked the girls at their homes. In one case, Fenelon forced her to send a photo by describing to the girl the porch she was sitting on. “The threats did not stop, and in fact, got worse,” Detective J.T. Messenger wrote in the arrest warrant.

Then, Fenelon demanded a sex act for his cousin “Terry” after describing where the girl’s 6-year-old niece got off and on a school bus. The scared girl complied by engaging in the sex act with Fenelon in an encounter behind the school, police said.

The same thing happened to the second teen victim, who managed to video record Fenelon on her phone afterward. The two girls eventually realized that Fenelon was actually the mysterious “Dre” and they reported the episodes to police.

In February, Miami-Dade police arrested Fenelon for allegedly demanding sex from a third girl, who is 15, and threatening to release nude photos of her. He was in jail on Wednesday and it was unclear if he had retained a lawyer.

“Although social media has many positive uses, this incident serves as a good reminder that parents need to monitor their children’s social media activity and warn them of the negative consequences when it is improperly used,” the Miami-Dade school district said in a statement on Wednesday.

Any other victims can call a State Attorney’s hotline at 305-547-3300, or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Miami Herald staff reporter Christina Veiga contributed to this report.

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