Michigan City man blackmailed teens into online sex

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A northwest Indiana man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to blackmailing a 16-year-old New York girl into sending him nude photos over the Internet.

Court records say 46-year-old Brian Newman of Michigan City told the girl via a social network in April 2012 that another person had hacked into her iPad and taken video of her dressing in her room. Newman used the video to coerce the girl into performing sexual acts during a video chat.

Investigators traced those images and others involving girls as young as 13 to Newman's laptop.

The case is an example of "sextortion," a crime in which Internet predators catch victims in embarrassing situations online and threaten to expose them unless they create sexually explicit photos or videos.

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