Last week, a Montgomery, Ala., man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after admitting that he carried out a “sextortion” scheme from 2009 to 2011 against young girls across the country, including a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl, both in Louisiana.
He was charged with producing child pornography and engaging in interstate extortion.
Christopher Patrick Gunn used computers, chat rooms, and other social media to befriend and then eventually coerce teenaged girls into sending him explicit photos of themselves via the Internet.
Investigators identified various ruses used by Mr. Gunn. In one he would pose as the new kid in town. He’d send messages over Facebook and engage young girls in web-based conversations.
Eventually he would elicit intimate details from the girls. As the online relationship became more intimate, Gunn would increase the pressure for more intimacy – such as requesting a photo of the victim in her bra.
Next he would ask her to remove the bra. If she refused, he would threaten to reveal the content of their conversations – and any existing intimate photos – to her parents, friends, and school officials.
This is how he convinced the 14-year-old in Louisiana eventually to self-produce pornographic and sexually-explicit videos of herself and send them to Gunn.
According to officials, in one exchange, a 13-year-old victim told Gunn that she did not want to take her shirt off in front of the webcam. Gunn replied that if she did not comply he was poised to push the send button on his computer to reveal their earlier conversations to parents and friends.