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19-Year-Old Faces Several Life Sentences For Tricking Teens Girls Into Sending Nudes
A 19-year-old man is looking at multiple life sentences if convicted of over 150 counts related to a disgusting scheme to extort young girls.Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila of Rosemead, is facing a lot of charges, according to a release from the L.A. District Attorney's Office. They include 21 counts each of possession of child or youth pornography, activity involving material depicting sexual conduct, distributing or showing child or youth pornography to a minor, disorderly conduct by distribution of a private image of a minor causing emotional distress, extortion, obscene matter and four counts of lewd acts upon a child.
According to Deputy District Attorney Jon Tatami, Estrada contacted at least 21 young girls between the ages of 12 and 17 via social networking sites between January and April of this year, telling them he was a modeling agent. He requested that they send him photos of themselves wearing only their underwear. If the girls sent him the photos, he allegedly threatened to send the pictures to their friends and family if they didn't send nude photos next.
One of the girls told her parents about Estrada, and her parents called the police. Authorities investigated Estrada for several months, finding a total of 21 different victims, before charging him today.
Revenge porn has been illegal in the state of California since 2013 and is considered a misdemeanor, but that's assuming the victim is an adult.
Noe Iniguez, a 36-year-old L.A. man, had the dubious honor of getting the first revenge porn conviction in December of last year. He angrily posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend calling her a "drunk" and a "slut" to her work's Facebook page after she decided to end their four-year relationship. At the time, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer said that the "new revenge porn law gives prosecutors a valuable tool to protect victims whose lives and reputations have been upended by a person they once trusted." Iniguez was sentenced to a year in jail and 36 months of probation, plus counseling.
Hunter Moore, who ran the revenge porn site isanyoneup.com was charged with hacking and identity theft, and faces between two and seven years in prison. Kevin Bollaert was sentenced to 18 years years in prison for his site, UGotPosted.com.