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Thursday, May 24, 2007

 

Man Posed As Sick Boy to Get Child Porn

‘A 31-year-old man was sentenced Monday to more than 24 years in federal prison for posing online as a teenage boy dying of leukemia in an effort to coerce young girls into sending him sexually explicit images.

Joshua Kistler chatted regularly with at least nine girls nationwide who ranged in age from 12 to 14. He used the condition to gain the girls’ sympathy, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

He even sent them pictures of his stepson, an actual 15-year old, to further his story, authorities said.

He also posed as the stepfather of his online persona. In one case, a victim and her mother visited the “stepfather” during a family trip, believing the teenage boy was away receiving treatment.

Several victims said they loved and trusted Kistler, who asked them to send photos of them nude or perform sexual acts for him in front of Web cameras.’




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