HARTFORD, Conn. — The FBI is reaching out to the public to ask for help in identifying victims of an online sextortion scheme, WTIC reports.
Last year, following a long investigation, Lucas Michael Chansler, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child pornography production and was sentenced to 105 years in prison.
At least 350 girls have been determined to be victims of Chansler’s scheme, though investigators have only identified about 110 of them, which is why the FBI is reaching out to the public.
The scheme worked by Chansler using fake online accounts to message teenage girls. He would pose as a 15-year-old boy who liked to skateboard, and would ask for nude pictures of the teenage girls. In some cases, he threatened the girls by saying he already had sexually explicit videos or photos of them, and would send those materials to the victims’ friends and family. Read more…