BRIDGETON — A Vineland man was arrested after allegedly having sexual contact with five teen boys while posing as women on social media, authorities said Saturday.

Shumar Murphy, 21, of South Myrtle Street, was charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault and theft by extortion, as well as five counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of criminal coercion, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a news release.

Murphy connected with the victims from January 2016 to June 2019 over social media, using multiple accounts and posing as different women, the release states.

Authorities said Murphy used the accounts to meet and communicate with teenage boys and entice them to send him nude photos.

After Murphy got the images from the teens, he would try to coerce them into engaging in sexual conduct with him in exchange for not posting the images online, the release states. He also allegedly demanded money from one victim in exchange for not posting the images online.

Authorities believe there are more victims, according to the release.

Anyone with information can call Vineland police Detective Luis Rodriguez at 856-691-4111, ext. 4653.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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