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Police search high school records of Apex man accused of extorting nude pictures from VA girl

Apex police, who charged 18-year-old Royce Andrew Reddix with extorting pornographic images and video from a Virginia girl last year, are looking into allegations that similar things happened when Reddix was a student at Cary Christian Academy, search warrants show.

A warrant that police obtained Jan. 5 from Superior Court Judge A. Graham Shirley demanded the school’s student file for Reddix.

Reddix was arrested in October at his dorm room at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro on warrants in which Apex police charged him with 12 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of extortion. A Wake County grand jury later indicted him on the same charges, and he is scheduled to be in court Feb. 5.

Apex Detective Josh MacMonagle said that after media reports of Reddix’s arrest in the case of the 12-year-old Virginia girl, police heard from the family of a girl who had been at Cary Christian with Reddix in 2013. She was 13 at the time, the application for the search warrant said.

The warrant was returned Tuesday to the Wake County court clerk’s office.

The family told police that “in January 2013, their daughter received a series of text messages from an unknown individual. ... Some of the messages were sexually graphic” and asked the girl about sexual topics, the application said.

The person sending the texts then said he or she knew the girl’s name and where she lived.

According to the story the parents told, Reddix, who knew their daughter, said he had given someone else her information, then admitted he had sent the messages disguised to look as if they were from a different phone number than the one his phone used.

Another girl in their daughter’s grade had a similar experience, the family told police.

The parents said Cary Christian administrators and board members were told about the incidents but took no administrative action against Reddix.

The similarity between the Virginia girl’s experience and the allegations about the Cary Christian girls’ experiences “is indicative of a pattern of behavior,” MacMonagle wrote.

“The records being sought with this warrant are to establish this pattern of behavior and to identify any additional, similar incidents during which Reddix was a student at the school but no criminal action was taken.”

Apex police got involved in the Virginia case after messages sent to the Virginia girl were traced to an internet address at Reddix’s parents house on Thistle Top Trail. Police in Salem, Va., called Apex officers.

MacMonagle said police had investigated an unrelated call at the Reddix home in late May last year and had in their files that Royce Andrew Reddix was living there at the time. They learned in the fall that he was a student at North Carolina A&T.

The Virginia girl’s family told police there in July that she had been asked to send nude images of herself to someone who had said she was named “Hannah.”

“Hannah,” who police have charged was actually Reddix, then demanded more images and threatened to release earlier ones to the girl’s friends and family if she did not send them.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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