By CHARLES WILSON
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A northwest Indiana man has
been sentenced to three 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
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