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HARTFORD, Conn. — The FBI is reaching out to the public to ask for help in identifying victims of an online sextortion scheme, WTIC reports.

Last year, following a long investigation, Lucas Michael Chansler, 24, of Jacksonville, Florida, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child pornography production and was sentenced to 105 years in prison.

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Credit: WTIC

At least 350 girls have been determined to be victims of Chansler’s scheme, though investigators have only identified about 110 of them, which is why the FBI is reaching out to the public.

The scheme worked by Chansler using fake online accounts to message teenage girls. He would pose as a 15-year-old boy who liked to skateboard, and would ask for nude pictures of the teenage girls. In some cases, he threatened the girls by saying he already had sexually explicit videos or photos of them, and would send those materials to the victims’ friends and family.

Victims have been located in 26 states, Canada and the United Kingdom, including at least one case in Connecticut.

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Specifically, in 2008 one 14-year-old victim says she was contacted by a person saying he was 14 and had sexual pics of her. He told her he’d send the images to all her Myspace friends if she didn’t send him a new topless picture. She didn’t hear from him for some time, and then in 2009 he instant messaged her again and asked for more nude photos. She ignored him, but he must have hacked her online accounts and got her phone number, and he texted her threatening her again.

The victim’s mother found the images on her computer, and confronted her daughter. They then called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to report the crime, and investigators linked one of the screen names he used in a case in another state state.

Through that information, investigators pinpointed the origin of the online messages to an account in Florida, and they arrested Chansler. At his home they found a computer with thousands of pictures and videos of child pornography, as well as folders with detailed information about the victims.

Chansler told agents after his arrest that he chose girls who were younger than 15 because “older girls wouldn’t fall for his ploy,” Speical Agent Larry Meyer, a veteran agent in the FBI’s Jacksonville Division who worked on this case, said.

Meyer also said the reason the FBI is reaching out is to find victims “who have not had closure and who probably haven’t obtained counseling and other help they might need.” He noted that while some victims have had support to move on, others haven’t, and some have even dropped out of school or tried to commit suicide.

Here is how Meyer described Chansler’s scheme:

The girls are apparently having a sleepover, and Chansler contacted one of them through a random online chat. These girls thought they were having a video chat session with a 15-year-old boy that they would never see or hear from again, so they are all exposing themselves, not realizing that he is doing a screen capture and then he’s coming back later—very often in a different persona—saying, ‘Hey I’ve got these pictures of you, and if you don’t want these sent to all your Myspace friends or posted on the Internet, you are going to do all of these naked poses for me.’

If you think you may have been a victim or Chansler’s scheme, click here. Here are a list of known aliases and screen names that Chansler has used to victimize the girls:

Stickam ID E-Mail Address MySpace ID AIM ID
anlit3059 adamwest9292@gmx.com 27544397 argon1049
anon aefe2092@yahoo.com 454141201 cadburry1211
anony1133 anlit3059@yahoo.com 179802812 elmoisstoned94
bandit090 argon1101@live.com CaptainObvious HotGuy160112
batterma5560 batterma5560@yahoo.com imafatty1 iron0298
bigbassmas2009 bigbassmas2009@yahoo.com justinbieber madcow20111
bill83551 bishop10015@mail.ru skatendestroy954 partim2098
bishop10015 bortsm@yahoo.com Victor Emmanuel poopers2212
Cameroon chance9503@yahoo.com portroyal2014
canopy55 chase09@yahoo.com purple34885
Carlos243 cutekitty6223@yahoo.com sk8er41ife2021
chance920243 douche21019@live.com volcom4009
chase0539 element1233@live.com
Code-ster element1233@yahoo.com
corpum15 follow1028@mail.ru
corpus15 frankford011@yahoo.com
cuddley_182 hadrian090@yahoo.com
cutekitty6223 implosion2011@yahoo.com
Daniel karen103@mailinator.com
dillon129234 merlot5609@yahoo.com
djabooti2011 milange304@mailinator.com
element1233 mufasa10834@yahoo.com
elmo1232112 pauper4055@mailinator.com
Frederick10294 pituitar201311@yahoo.com
freestyle15 poofbaIl201@mailinator.com
gilbert10233 portico2049@yahoo.com
goodlookingguy12377 quinlop1129@yahoo.com
goodlookingguy313 sk8er4life2021@yahoo.com
hawkeye16 spartan30498@yahoo.com
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implosion2011 tristan994@yahoo.com
jampack292342 Uordan202423@yahoo.com
jampack39348 vern20191@yahoo.com
jampack3934853 vhugh20191@yahoo.com
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joe23042455 zooba10111@yahoo.com
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