California man gets 5 years in sextortion case

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Updated: 12/09/2013 5:13 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 27-year-old Southern California man who admitted hacking into hundreds of social media and email accounts to get women to pose naked for him has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

City News Service reports Karen "Gary" Kazaryan of Glendale was immediately taken into custody after his sentencing Monday.

In July, Kazaryan pleaded guilty to one count each of identity theft and unauthorized access of a protected computer.

Prosecutors said Kazaryan illegally accessed the accounts and found nude photos and personal passwords that women had stored online. He then posed as a friend, persuading them to strip while he watched via Skype, captured images of them, or both.

Once the women learned of the ploy, he often threatened to post their private photos if they refused to comply.

 

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