SANTA ANA (CBS/AP) — Authorities say a Temecula man will plead guilty to hacking the computers of Miss Teen USA and other women as part of a scam to obtain nude photos.
Jared James Abrahams agreed earlier this month to plead guilty to one count of online sextortion. The 19-year-old computer science student is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Prosecutors say they will ask that he be sentenced to as much as 33 months in prison.
Authorities say Abrahams told at least 12 women he had obtained nude photos of them by taking over their computers’ web cams.
He would then threaten to post the photos online if they didn’t agree to have online video phone conversations with him or send him more nude images of themselves.
According to the court documents, Abrahams posted nude photos of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf on Facebook when she did not respond to his extortion. The photos of Wolf were taken by Abrahams through a camera on her computer after he hacked into it, first at her Orange County home and later following her move to Temecula, according to the FBI.
Wolf, whom Abrahams knew from high school, contacted the FBI after she was threatened.
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