The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI announced yesterday a guilty plea in a cyberstalking and “sextortion” case in which a Pennsylvania man harassed a Boston-area college student online.
James F. Connor V, 20, of West Chester, Penn., will undergo sentencing on Apr. 7, 2016, after pleading guilty to one count of cyberstalking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years, and extortion, punishable up to two years.
In 2002, Connor met the victim through social media and began engaging in explicit video chats on FaceTime, also coaxing her into sending naked pictures via Snapchat. The perpetrator later blackmailed the victim, threatening to distribute these images unless she broke up with her boyfriend and met his demands for additional photos and videos.
Conner used a telephone and text message spoofing application to conceal his identity. He was arrested in October 2015.