FBI: Man targeted hundreds of teen girls in sextortion scheme, caught with 80,000 images

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ST. JOHNS, Fla. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is working to identify hundreds of victims of a convicted online predator.

Authorities say 31-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison for engaging in an extortion scheme to produce child pornography.

Last year, Chansler pleaded guilty to nine counts of producing child porn.

According to court testimony, Chansler targeted 350 minors in 26 states throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

So far, 109 victims have been positively identified.

Now, the FBI is working to identify the remaining victims.

Officials say Chansler sent threatening messages to hundreds of teen girls over the Internet. Authorities say he threatened to post photographs and webcam videos that showed the victims exposing themselves and engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Authorities say Chansler often would show a streaming video of a teenage boy exposing himself or engaging in sexually explicit behavior to the girls on a live video chat.

Then he would ask the girls to expose themselves, which he would record.  If the victim did expose herself, he would demand more graphic images or webcam videos. He said if she did not comply, then he would send the naked images to her family and friends.

In all, he was caught with 80,000 images and videos.

During an interview, Chansler said he was trying to meet younger girls because women were “too smart” to fall for his scheme.

If you have information that may identify a victim, complete a questionnaire at the FBI’s website.

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