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Man pleads guilty in Mass. college student sextortion case

The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI announced yesterday aguilty plea in a cyberstalking and “sextortion” case in which a Pennsylvaniaman harassed a Boston-area college student online.

James F. Connor V, 20, of West Chester, Penn., will undergosentencing on Apr. 7, 2016, after pleading guilty to one count of cyberstalking,which carries a maximum sentence of five years, and extortion, punishable up totwo years.

In 2002, Connor met the victim through social media andbegan engaging in explicit video chats on FaceTime, also coaxing her into sendingnaked pictures via Snapchat. The perpetrator later blackmailed the victim,threatening to distribute these images unless she broke up with her boyfriendand met his demands for additional photos and videos.

Conner used a telephone and text message spoofingapplication to conceal his identity. He was arrested in October 2015.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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