New York, USA.- Bradley Garyn was sentenced to between 5 and 15 years in prison in Long Island (NY) for forcing girls to take sexually explicit photos of their faces and feet through Snapchat, prosecutors announced Monday.
Garyn, 29, received the indeterminate sentence from Suffolk County Judge Karen M. Wilutis after pleading guilty to a series of charges related to the 2020 child pornography case.
The now-sentenced man admitted to luring girls between the ages of 12 and 16 on the social media app, promising them $10 Amazon gift codes in exchange for photos of their feet and faces. He was raising the bid for increasingly explicit images, paying up to $500, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.
The Melville resident pervert also confessed to harassing the girls and then forcing them to send nude and sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, the New York Post reported.
Garyn came under the police radar in September 2020 after a teenage girl reported that he had pressured her into sending him obscene photos and videos via Snapchat. He was arrested in December of that year and his computers and telephones were confiscated.
“This is a scheme that is unfortunately becoming more and more common, and that is adult men taking advantage of younger girls (…) to get them to send inappropriate photos and videos, including nude photos or videos involving sexual acts, through social networks. media,” said Timothy Sini, Suffolk County prosecutor at the time.
“They often engage in what we call ‘sextortion,’ which is essentially threatening victims into sending these photos and videos or else the perpetrator will widely distribute the explicit images that were previously sent,” he added.
New York banned so-called “revenge porn” in 2019, in a project presented by Senator Mónica Martínez, of Salvadoran origin.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children warned of an increase in cases of child pornography during the pandemic, due to less school, sports and recreational activity, and more time in front of the computer.