Man Threatened Minors Into Sending Explicit Videos Over Snapchat

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Washington and Duncansville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced Friday in federal court for three counts of production and attempted production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced.

United States District Judge Robert J. Colville sentenced Jacob Kolonis, age 29, to 240 months imprisonment (20 years) followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered that he pay restitution totaling $9,000 to his minor victims.

During Kolonis’ plea hearing on February 9, 2022, Kolonis admitted to threatening seven minor females with the intent to extort them for nude and sexually explicit images. On three of these occasions, Kolonis threatened the minors to create and send videos of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct over Snapchat, as directed by Kolonis. Kolonis admitted to extorting the minors for his own sexual gratification.

Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Coleville acknowledged that Kolonis had engaged in exceptionally serious conduct and recognized the immense impact of Kolonis’ crime on his victims.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General–Child Predator Unit, the Bethel Park Police Department, the South Fayette Township Police Department, and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office (Ohio) for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kolonis.

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