Guilty Plea in Sextortion Scheme
Richard Finkbiner (photo courtesy RTV6)
A Brazil, Indiana man has pleaded guilty in a far-reaching sextortion scheme.
40-year old Richard Finkbiner was arrested in April 2012 and charged with sexually exploiting two minors by coercing them into online sexually explicit activity. The FBI found thousands of sexually explicit pictures and videos on his home computer. Additional charges were filed in July after allegations surfaced from ten additional victims across the country.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced Thursday that Finkbiner has pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexually exploiting minors by coercing them into making pornography, two counts of extorting juvenile females to produce semi-nude inages of themselves,and one count of possessing child pornography. Hogsett says Finkbiner used Omegle.com, as well as other anonymous video chat websites, to engage in sexually explicit activity, which he secretly recorded. He used "fake webcam" software to display pornographic images to his victims, claiming the images were from his live webcam. Finkbiner would use the videos he secretly recorded to confront his victims in chat rooms. He would allegedly threaten them with publishing the videos if they did not agree to become his "cam slaves" and engage in more sexually explicit activity.
The victims range from 12 to 17 years of age and live in 9 different states. If the plea deal is accepted, Finkbiner faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in federal prison, and has agreed to lifetime supervision should he be released from prison. He also faces a fine of up to 250-thousand dollars for each of the offenses.