A Peruvian national was sentenced to six months in prison for demanding nude photographs and cash from a South American woman after she ended their online relationship.
Jose Marcial Garcia-Hernandez, 43, a Peruvian national who last resided in Panorama City, was sentenced today to six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright, II.
On December 7, 2011, Garcia-Hernandez was taken into custody and charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Garcia-Hernandez was indicted with 48 counts of extortion.
On February 15, 2012, Garcia-Hernandez pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion and admitted that he had sent a series of extortionate and threatening communications via the Internet to the victim, a Peruvian residing in Peru. In those communications, sent from approximately September 2010 through January 2011, Garcia-Hernandez demanded that the victim continue posing nude for him via her webcam, and if she chose not to, he threatened to disseminate previously obtained nude images of the victim to the victim’s family and friends and to publicly post such images on the Internet. At one point, Garcia-Hernandez told the victim that she must pay him $2,000 if she wanted to stop communicating with and posing nude for him.
Ultimately, Garcia-Hernandez carried out his threat and did send sexually explicit images of the victim to individuals with whom she was acquainted.