His Son, 17, Was Sextortion Victim, Then Died by Suicide. Now, S.C. Dad Protects Other Kids from Same Fate

Gavin Guffey, 17, had just graduated from high school and was getting ready for college with plans to become an art teacher.

Brandon Guffey was typing on his phone in his Rock Hill, S.C., home, in the early morning hours of July 27, 2022, when he heard a loud noise coming from the hallway bathroom.


“It sounded like a bowling ball falling and crashing through shelves,” Brandon, 43, tells PEOPLE.