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Two East Bay Residents Charged In Connection With Sexual Extortion Scheme Targeting Minor On Instagram

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California
Alleged Victim Was 12 Years Old

According to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Tang, 21, of Oakland, solicited a 12-year-old minor victim to create and send sexually explicit photos and videos of herself.  He then threatened to publicly post these images when the victim stopped responding to him.  Sison conspired with Tang by encouraging the victim to continue communicating with Tang after the victim blocked Tang’s communications. 

To date, the investigation has identified eight alleged minor victims who Tang solicited for sexually explicit photos and videos.  There are an additional 13 unidentified alleged minor victims.  When Tang approached them, the identified victims ranged in age from 11 to 14 years old and resided in Utah and four cities in California, including San Francisco, Concord, Livermore, and Chico.

Tang is charged with solicitation of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(3)(B).  If convicted of that offense, he will face a statutory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  Additionally, Tang and Sison are together charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 2261A(2)(B).  If convicted of that offense, they each will face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison.  However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley remanded Tang into custody pending a detention hearing on November 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.  Sison was released on a $75,000 bond. His next scheduled appearance is on December 7, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., for a preliminary hearing.  

The charges contained in the criminal complaint are mere allegations.  As in any criminal case, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Vieira is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Alice Pai.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the San Francisco Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

Updated November 4, 2020