A 30-year-old man who authorities said posed online as a teen and targeted young girls for sexual exploitation was arrested on Nov. 1 and is facing 11 felony charges.
The suspect, Francisco Sanchez, 30, of Koreatown, is charged in a federal grand jury indictment with seven counts of production of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and two counts of cyberstalking. The charges allege Sanchez posed as a teenage boy and met at least eight teenage girls on the internet and pressured them into sending him sexually explicit images of themselves.
According to the indictment, Sanchez contacted teenage girls online using the pseudonym “Eddie Nash” between January 2014 and September 2016. He allegedly coerced some of them into producing sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, sometimes by threatening suicide or threatening to post compromising pictures of the girls online.
The indictment alleges that in June 2016, Sanchez allegedly concealed his identity and sent a victim a text message threatening to make her “internet famous” if she continued to ignore him. When the victim replied, “If you do that u will get arrested for child pornography,” Sanchez texted back, “so, but u will be famous” and “so be nice to me, i love u so much, i dont want to hurt u,” according to the indictment.
The child pornography production charge carries a 15-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence, and the charge of distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison. If convicted on all charges, Sanchez faces in excess of 200 years in prison.
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