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Australian Man Arrested for Extorting Minors to Create pornography

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Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara

The Defendant Allegedly Posed as a Young Woman on Social Media to Trick Minors Into Engaging in Sexually Explicit Conduct, Which He Secretly Recorded and Threatened to Disseminate Unless the Minors Created Additional Pornographic Videos – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced criminal charges against MARK ANTHONY WARREN for engaging in a scheme to lure minor children over the Internet into engaging in sexually explicit conduct, which WARREN secretly recorded and threatened to disseminate unless the minor children produced and sent him additional sexually explicit videos.

WARREN was charged with production and receipt of child pornography, and extortion.  Based on information provided by the FBI, WARREN was arrested yesterday in Australia by the New South Wales Police Force, and charged with related offenses.

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