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FBI Seeks Public Help In International Sextortion Case

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s help in identifying the victims of convicted online predator Lucas Michael Chansler. The 31-year-old Florida native was recently sentenced to 105 years in federal prison for an expansive sextortion scheme. 

In posing under 135 known screen names on various social media websites, Chansler ultimately targeted 350 minor victims in 26 different states, according to court testimony. Through cooperative work between parents of one victim and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Chansler’s residence was located and raided in 2010, along with 80,000 images and videos of minors.

“Sextortion is a growing threat both domestically and internationally,” said Joseph S. Campbell, FBI Assistant Director. “The devastating impact of these crimes on the victims, their families, and friends cannot be ignored. The FBI is committed to using our resources and leveraging law enforcement partnerships around the world to identify and arrest these criminals." 

How the Scheme Worked

Chansler would engage in a live video chat with victims and ask girls aged 13 to 18 to expose themselves as he simultaneously displayed a video of a male minor exposing himself.  

At the same time, Chansler would record the encounter without the victim’s knowledge and then demand more graphic images or videos. If the victim refused to comply with Chansler’s demands, he would threaten to distribute the images throughout the internet or send them to her family and friends. 

"I'm proud of the young girl and her parents for taking a stand against sexual exploitation by submitting the information to NCMEC's CyberTipline," said Linda Krieg, NCMEC's acting CEO. "That one CyberTipline report, through the FBI's investigation, turned out to be the tip of the iceberg involving a sophisticated child predator who allegedly victimized hundreds of children." 

Do Your Part

If anyone has information regarding the Chansler case or believes to have been victimized by him, they are suggested to visit the FBI’s website on sextortion and take a confidential questionnaire

Individuals can also send a confidential email to [email protected], contact their local FBI Field Office, or call toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI. 

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Oregon Colleges With The Most Reported Crime

Public and private universities are required to report criminal offenses every year, under the federal Jeanne Clery Act. GoLocalPDX analyzed the reports, made public through the Department of Education, for data from 2009 through 2013. 

The ranking is based on the average reported crime over five years, per 1,000 students. 

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#10

Oregon State University

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 248

Student Population in 2013: 27,902

Average crime per 1,000 students: 2.009

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#9

Concordia University

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 267

Student Population in 2013: 5,428

Average crime per 1,000 students: 2.016

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#8

University of Oregon

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 267

Student Population in 2013: 24,473 

Average crime per 1,000 students: 2.234

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#7

University of Portland

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 46

Student Population in 2013: 4,036

Average crime per 1,000 students: 2.335

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#6

Portland State University 

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 510

Student Population in 2013: 28,260

Average crime per 1,000 students: 3.612

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#5

Lewis and Clark College

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 70

Student Population in 2013: 3,521

Average crime per 1,000 students: 3.822

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#4

Southern Oregon University

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 86

Student Population in 2013: 5,992

Average crime per 1,000 students: 3.991

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#3

Willamette University

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 110

Student Population in 2013: 2,855

Average crime per 1,000 students: 7.62

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#2

Oregon Health & Science University 

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 167

Student Population in 2013: 2,838

Average crime per 1,000 students: 11.89

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Reed College

Total Reported Crime between 2009-2013: 146

Student Population in 2013: 1,411

Average crime per 1,000 students: 20.036

 
 

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