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By Kevin Krause.
That, a smartphone and a social media app were all he needed to trick a year-old Canadian girl into sending him sexually explicit photos of herself. If she refused to send more, Ables told the girl, he would post her photos on her Facebook. Such "sextortion" is a disturbing cybercrimeand the Justice Department has called it "by far" the most ificant growing threat to children. A federal judge gave Ables, of Hutchins, a sentence of 80 years in prison in July.
At least two other North Texas men have recently been convicted of sextortion-related crimes in federal court. A fourth man, from Dallas, used a similar extortion scheme to victimize his classmates at the University of Texas at Dallas. In most cases, the blackmailers pose as children on social media sites or a messaging app like Kik. The local cases, like others nationwide, have involved multiple — sometimes hundreds — of victims. Experts say smartphones and social media apps are behind the alarming rise in such crimes.
Federal prosecutors and judges in Texas are showing little mercy toward offenders, many of whom are spending decades behind bars. Carl Rusnok, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas, said adults study and practice for years to learn how to write like teenagers and children — an essential skill in pulling off their sextortion schemes. But getting children to come forward is not always easy. Many boys victimized in one Texas case were too embarrassed to report the crimes, authorities said.
Other child victims suffer from anxiety and depression, and have dropped out of school, cut themselves or killed themselves or attempted suicide, according to the Justice Department. In the federal system, such crimes usually are prosecuted as child pornography cases. Inmore than 4 million cases were reported. The average age of victims is 15, and girls ed for 78 percent of the reports made to the tip line, according to the center. Kristen Howell is the chief programs officer for the Dallas Children's Advocacy Centera nonprofit that coordinates the investigation and prosecution of severe child abuse cases and provides mental health services for victims.
She said her organization is seeing sextortion cases every week, some of which involve kids victimizing other. Howell said for young people, having their peers find out what happened to them is worse than the crime itself. As a result, the blackmail threats can be devastating, she said. Howell said parents should talk with kids about what can happen on social media and offer to serve as their "safety net" rather than trying to ban them from using it. Ables, 40, was convicted on pornography charge.
He had communicated with the victim on Kik Messenger with the username "itsmeyall1. Initially, he asked for a photo of her face. Then he wanted photos in her underwear and "with her genitals exposed," a federal complaint said. The girl said she sent him about 25 photos. In return, he sent her photos of a "similarly aged female engaging in similar behavior. She wasn't Ables' only victim. He told investigators he had been "engaging in an ongoing extortion scheme" using Kik Messenger since at least Ables admitted also victimizing men.
He did so while posing as a year-old girl on Kik and sending them child pornography. In return, the men sent him explicit images of themselves. Ables said that's when he would extort them for money. Agents found child pornography on his cellphone and evidence that he communicated with at least 10 men on Kik Messenger. Francisco Kik blackmail, 27, of Dallas, used a fake name while pretending to be a teenage girl on Facebook and hounded his victims for several years in some cases. InTurrubiartes persuaded a year-old girl to send him explicit kik blackmail of herself.
For that, he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in June for producing child pornography. It began when he sent a Facebook message to the girl's year-old friend, asking her to send nude photos of herself. When the friend complied, Turrubiartes asked her to have the year-old also send him nude photos. If she didn't, he would post her photos "all over the internet and tell her mother," authorities said. Turrubiartes also demanded that the friend send him photos of her 2-year-old niece, court records show.
Turrubiartes also sent the younger kik blackmail a Twitter message demanding more photos of herself and threatening to post her photos online if she didn't. The girl sent him photos. He continued to threaten her for three years, federal authorities said, and asked her for photos of her 6-year-old sister.
One witness said Turrubiartes "bragged on numerous occasions about creating fake profiles on Facebook and pretending to be female" in order to lure girls into sending him nude photos of themselves, according to court records. Investigators still are not sure exactly how many kids Gregory Bogomol victimized. The final could be in the hundreds, they think. Bogomol, 41, a former Denton High School teacher, kik blackmail given 60 years in federal prison in The Fort Worth man tricked boys into sending him lewd photos of themselves by posing as a girl on social media.
Agents found hundreds of photos of boys on his electronic devices. And like the other criminals, he used the threat of kik blackmail their photos online to get more from them. Amanda Johnson, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas, said many of Bogomol's victims for years had no idea who extorted them.
The experience left them paranoid, wondering when their photos would be posted online, she said. Parents noticed that their grades suffered and that they lost interest in sports. The investigation began when a Louisiana mother reported that her year-old son had inappropriate contact with someone claiming to be a young girl on the Kik app.
The person, who turned out to be Bogomol, enticed the boy to send lewd photos of himself. Bogomol also used the "hook-up" app, Grindr, to ensnare his victims, authorities said. One suspect, a former Houston-area teacher's aide, actually went through with her threats againstpolice said. Kimberly Tamayo, 20, was charged in January. Police say Tamayo, who worked for the Pasadena school district, met the girl on Twitter and persuaded her to send nude photos of kik blackmail, police say. Tamayo threatened to tell the girl's family if she didn't send more photos.
When the girl didn't respond, Tamayo forwarded the nude photos to her family, police said. Kevin Krause.
Kevin has worked for The Dallas Morning News sinceand he has covered federal criminal courts for the past six years. Kevin has been a journalist for 26 years. Kevin is a multiple recipient of the Stephen Philbin Award for excellence in legal reporting. Kevin earned a BA from Boston University. Stay up-to-date with the kik blackmail and public safety news your neighbors are talking about. Stand with us in our mission to discover and uncover the story of North Texas.
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