Some famous athletes have been convicted of sexual assault, and several reality television stars have spent time in prison for abusing under-age victims.
Tragically, many of these famous registered sex offenders targeted young children.
We searched dockets and news stories for criminal cases in which one person used a computer network to extort another into producing pornography or engaging in sexual activity.
We found nearly 80 such cases involving, by conservative estimates, more than 3,000 victims. Prosecutors colloquially call this sort of crime “sextortion.” And while not all cases are as sophisticated as this one, a great many sextortion cases have taken place―in federal courts, in state courts, and internationally―over a relatively short span of time.
Mijangos, they discovered, had tricked scores of women and teenage girls into downloading malware onto their computers.The perpetrator wanted a pornographic video of the victim.And if she did not send it within one day, he threatened to publish the images already in his possession, and “let [her] family know about [her] dark side.” If she contacted law enforcement, he promised he would publish the photos on the Internet too.The malicious software he employed provided access to all files, photos, and videos on the infected computers.And if they did, he would then threaten them further, notifying them that he knew they had told someone.Any criminal charge is serious, but sexual crimes follow those who commit them for the rest of their lives.