Fake Agent Gets 40 Years for Extorting Photos From Girls

He threatened to tell their families
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Guy Who Extorted Photos From Young Girls Gets 40 Years
Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila will also have to register as a sex offender for life.   (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office)

A California man who posed as a modeling agent to extort nude photos from young girls across America has been sentenced to almost 40 years in prison—twice as long as he has been alive. Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila, 20, pleaded no contest this week to 38 felony counts, including 16 counts of possessing child or youth pornography, and was sentenced to 39 years and 8 months, CBS reports. Prosecutors say that for several months in early 2015, Estrada-Davila reached out to young girls he found on social media websites. He told them he could make them famous and asked for photos of them in their underwear, then threatened to show the underwear photos to their families and friends if they didn't send him nude photos.

Estrada-Davila was charged in connection with 21 victims between the ages of 12 and 17 in eight states. Police say he was arrested after a 14-year-old California girl told her father about his demands, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. Cops searched his Los Angeles County home and found more than 26,000 pages of text and online conversations between him and his victims. Before a plea deal was worked out, Estrada-Davila faced more than 150 charges, enough to send him to prison for life several times over. (Oregon recently handed down its first sentence for revenge porn.)

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