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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Maine Resident Sentenced For Engaging In Cyber "Sextortion" Of New Hampshire Victim

  WASHINGTON – John Bryan Villegas, 23, of Kittery, Maine, was sentenced today in federal court in New Hampshire to serve 33 months in prison for engaging in a type of cyber stalking known as “sextortion,” announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas of the District of New Hampshire.

On Sep. 18, 2013, Villegas pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of engaging in cyber stalking.  The information charges that Villegas attempted to extort a New Hampshire female into providing him with sexually explicit photographs and videos of her.  He sent her e-mail messages in which he threatened to publish on the internet – and distribute to the victim’s neighbors and work and social acquaintances – other sexually explicit photographs of the victim that were stored on her laptop computer, which had been recently stolen during a burglary of her residence.  On Jan. 9, 2014, Villegas pleaded guilty in New Hampshire State Court to charges that he committed that burglary.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and was prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Mona Sedky of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold H. Huftalen of the District of New Hampshire.

The department would like to thank the cooperation of the Dover, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, police departments and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Updated April 13, 2015