A 15-year-old boy is facing charges in connection with a sexting incident that involved multiple girls.

WLBZ-TV reports nearly 20 girls received threatening messages on social media over the summer in which the teen allegedly demanded that the girls send him nude images of themselves, or pictures of themselves in provocative positions. Police say the boy threatened to release embarrassing information about the girls if they didn't comply. And, in the absence of embarrassing information, he told them he'd make something up.

Presque Isle High school administrators became aware of the incident on August 21st and notified police. The 15-year-old has been expelled from school and is charged with 16 counts of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, which is a Class C felony. The victims ranged in age from 12 to 17 and attended either the Middle or High Schools in Presque Isle.