Indiana ISP owner charged with ‘sextortion’ of minors; hundreds of victims might have been targeted By M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com 4/9/12
The owner of an Internet service provider in Indiana has been charged with blackmailing children into performing sexually explicit acts over webcams, authorities said Monday.
Richard Leon Finkbiner, age 39, of Brazil, Ind., about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis, was charged in a federal complaint last week with sexual exploitation of children. The allegations involve two 14-year-old boys, but the FBI said in court documents that it found thousands of sexually explicit images and videos on Finkbiner’s computer that suggest “several hundred” other victims.
Authorities said the “sextortion” scheme worked this way:
Using the pseudonym “Josh Swaim,” Finkbiner would befriend young boys on social media and capture sexually explicit video of them they had uploaded on what they thought was an anonymous video chat site, the complaint alleges.
He would then tell them that if they didn’t record more sexually explicit videos, he would release the clips online or send them to their friends, it says….
“Analysis of FINKBINER’s computer and other digital media uncovered thousands of video files depicting hundreds of individuals on various states of undress or engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the FBI said in court documents. “Many, if not most, of these individuals appear to be between the ages of 14-16 years of age,” it said.