May 30, 2015 2:36 PM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Ventura County man who used fake social media profiles to trick and threaten teens into sending him naked photos and videos has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.
Twenty-four-year-old Jeremy Brendan Sears of Moorpark was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in January to producing child pornography.
Sears posed as a teen boy or girl on Facebook and other sites, sometimes beginning online romances. He then encouraged teens to send him explicit photos and videos.
Prosecutors say Sears also harassed teens online and threatened to hurt or kill them or their loved ones unless they sent him naked images.
He posted some material on public websites, along with victims' names and personal information.
Authorities say more than a dozen boys and girls were victimized.
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