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Man guilty of ‘sextortion’ of teens

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man has agreed to plead guilty to charges he tricked more than a dozen teenagers into stripping or performing sexual acts for him via webcam and then used recordings of those sessions to coerce them into making even more explicit videos.

Richard Finkbiner, of Brazil, Ind., signed an agreement filed Wednesday in federal court in Terre Haute to plead guilty to child exploitation, extortion, and possession of child pornography in exchange for a recommended sentence of 30 to 50 years in prison.

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US Attorney Joe Hogsett had said his office would seek an effective life sentence if a jury convicted Finkbiner.

‘‘From the outset, our focus in this case has been on fully investigating this alleged criminal activity so that we can provide closure — and justice — for the hundreds of potential victims affected by the defendant.’’ Hogsett said during a news conference Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Finkbiner met most or all of his victims on a video chat website, omegle.com, which offers users random, anonymous one-on-one chats with strangers.

The site says it is not for use by children under 13 or teens younger than 18 who don’t have the permission of a parent or guardian.

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