Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Man With Improbable Name Charged With Sextortion

Man Charged With 'Sextortion' Of Teen Boys

Police Say Man Could Have Hundreds Of Victims

April 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana man accused of coercing teen boys across the country into sexual activity that he recorded online could have hundreds of victims.

FBI investigators found sexually explicit videos showing hundreds of teenagers on the computer of Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, of Brazil, Ind., according to court documents.

Finkbiner was arrested Friday at his home on charges he extorted teenage boys in Maryland and Michigan, both 14 years old, by threatening to post sexually explicit videos of them online.

"In both instances, Finkbiner allegedly captured sexually explicit video of the victims online through the use of an anonymous video chat website," according to a news release from the office of Joseph Hogsett, U.S. attorney for Indiana's southern district. "Finkbiner then is alleged to have told both minors that if they did not follow specific instructions, those video clips would be released on the internet and/or would be forwarded to the minor’s friends.

The complaint alleges that as part of this 'sextortion' scheme, Finkbiner then coerced the minor males into recording sexually explicit videos for him."

Finkbiner estimated to FBI agents that he had coerced at least 100 individuals into such videos, investigators said.

"There is much investigation left to be done," Hogsett said. "We are fearful it could involve hundreds of individuals, not only here in Indiana but throughout the country."

Finkbiner faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the current charges

Investigators asked any potential victims to contact the Indianapolis Cyber Squad Division of the FBI at 877-542-8979.

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