A Boston man who confessed to coercing three girls he met online into sending him sexual photographs was sentenced to five to seven years in prison and three years’ probation Tuesday, prosecutors said.
Hector Acevedo, 27, of Roxbury pleaded guilty to posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity of sexual conduct, possession of child pornography, distributing child pornography, distributing obscene matter to a minor, and attempted extortion and human trafficking of a minor, according to a statement from Suffolk district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors say Acevedo threatened to kill the families of two girls, age 12 and 11, through social media to get them to send explicit photographs. A third girl, 12, said he also solicited her for photographs.
“They were targeted and exploited in their very own homes by an online assailant who put them in terrible fear,” District Attorney Daniel Conley said in the statement.
A tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reporting an Instagram user posting child pornography — later traced to Acevedo’s IP address — helped lead to his conviction, prosecutors said. Boston police also executed a search warrant on Acevedo’s home, locating videos and images containing child pornography, prosecutors said.
According to prosecutors, one of Acevedo’s alleged victims, who is now 16, wrote an impact statement for the case.
“I am constantly thinking about how this will affect me as a student, daughter, an older sister and in my future,” the victim wrote. “This has changed me in a way where I felt like I lost a part of myself during this journey.”Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.