ORLANDO, Fla. – Preston Percyville Cresser, 22, Orlando, has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for production and possession of child sexual abuse material.
His sentence will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
The court also ordered Cresser to forfeit the electronic device utilized to commission the offense and register as a sex offender. Cresser pleaded guilty on December 7, 2022.
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According to court documents, Cresser engaged in a “sextortion” scheme where he would engage minor females on various social media platforms and coerce them to create and send him child sexual abuse material.
Cresser would demand additional sexual images or videos, and if the victim did not want to comply, would threaten to send the previous images to the victim’s family or post them to social media.
Cresser would often demand that the minor video-call him, and he would surreptitiously record the minor performing the requested sexual acts.
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“This investigation demonstrates the FBI and its law enforcement partners’ vigilance in rescuing young victims of sextortion and ensuring justice for their abusers,” said FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge David Walker. “We’ve seen an alarming increase in sextortion schemes and encourage parents and caregivers to talk to their children about it. You can find information at www.fbi.gov/stopsextortion.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Apopka Police Department, and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Laurie.
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