Joshua Breckel, from Illinois, was sentenced to 35 years after pleading guilty to counts of receiving child pornography and interstate transmission of a threat with the intent of extortion. A southern Illinois man who admitted to using blackmail to obtain nude pictures of about girls and women has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Joshua Breckel, 21, of Mascoutah, was accused in US District Court of using social media to obtain sexually explicit images and videos from girls as young as 10 throughout the US. He pleaded guilty to several charges, including receiving child pornography and interstate transmission of a threat with the intent of extortion.
Joshua P. Breckel of Mascoutah was accused in U. District Court of using social media to obtain sexually explicit images and videos from girls as young as 10 throughout the U. He allegedly engaged in the activity from until his arrest in July According to prosecutors, the year-old Breckel persuaded them to send the nude photos by feigning a romantic interest in them, offering them money or threatening them. Among his victims were three year-old girls from California, Pennsylvania and Illinois; a year-old girl from Illinois; and a year-old girl from Ohio. Read Next.
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In February, the Justice Department opened its own internal review into the matter. Eric Holland, the deputy assistant secretary of labor for public affairs, said Acosta had no comment. Accusations of sexual predation have dogged Epstein for decades. Until his arrest Saturday, his case had been held up as a prime example of how insulated, powerful men can escape accountability.