Operating in secrecy from his parents' house in Florida, Lucas Michael Chansler, 31, became one of the most prolific sextortionists in history. Using a mixture of deception and intimidation, he extorted sexually explicit and pornographic images of some child victims in 3 countries. Lucas Chansler, 31, of St. Johns County, was arrested on January 8, when federal authorities executed a search warrant on his home. He is now serving years in federal prison on nine charges of child pornography for his involvement in obtaining over 80, images and videos of child pornography from over underage girls, the FBI Jacksonville office released Tuesday. This alleged boy solicited a topless photo from this woman's daughter and, after receiving it, asked for more. The young girl from Phoenix refused, but when she did, the 'boy' threatened to post the photos on the internet and send them to her friends and family. She then unwillingly complied to his requests for more sexually explicit images and videos, according to authorities. At the time, she believed he was just a year-old boy. This was the first thread that eventually led to Chansler's arrest.
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Lawrence Joseph Silipigni, of Saugus, Mass. The indictment charges that Silipigni, the father of girls aged 10 and 7, traded these recordings with others in exchange for similar illegal pornographic material. According to the FBI's arrest complaint, Silipigni was masquerading as year-old Jamie -- using an identity and pictures he lifted off a teenage boy's MySpace page -- when he met a year-old California girl in December through the video chatroom Web site, "Stickam. Over the course of the next two months, as their online chats became increasingly sexually explicit, Silipigni made several attempts to convince the girl to masturbate for him via webcam, according to the complaint. In Feburary , she gave in and -- thinking she was performing a private act for an online boyfriend -- masturbated in front of the computer, alternately using her fingers and crayons. In the spring of , the victim later told authorities, she was contacted by a year-old girl named "Jane" who had also struck up an online relationship with Silipigni that had progressed to an in-person relationship. According to the complaint, Jane warned the year-old girl that Silipigni was actually in his 40s.
FBI said Lawrence Silipigni posed as 17-year-old to lure teenage girls.
Children as young as seven appear naked in content on the internet which has been posted by themselves or surreptitiously recorded by a third party, the study found. Online safety group the Internet Watch Foundation IWF and Microsoft, the technology giant, which worked together on the new research , said they identified nearly 4, images and videos in a snapshot covering three months last autumn. Of those, Sexting: How young children deceive parents to share porn. Webcams and Whatsapp: The dark truth about kids online. Sexting: the new teen cyber-bullying 'epidemic'.
Two years ago, I wrote about Stickam. The article asked if a company with that unusual pedigree could keep a live-video site free from smut and keep its large community of teenage users safe from all the potential abuses. This year, three arrests have underscored why that question needs to be asked. Silipigni video-recorded at least one such session and later posted the video to the Web. Two other teenage Stickam users subsequently came forward to say Mr. Silipigni tricked them as well, according to court documents.