INDIANAPOLIS — Federal prosecutors say they fear a western Indiana man may have coerced hundreds of teenage boys into recording and sending him sexually explicit images in what could be the largest U.S. case of online sexual extortion of children.
A detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for 39-year-old Richard Leon Finkbiner, who faces a preliminary charge of sexual exploitation of children.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is urging other potential victims or their families to contact the FBI if they recognize Finkbiner from a mug shot released Monday.
Finkbiner was arrested Friday at his home on charges that he extorted a 14-year-old boy in Maryland and another in Michigan by threatening to post online sexually explicit videos of them that he had captured from webcam chat sites.
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