DETROIT (WWJ) – An Indiana man is accused of coercing 100 or more teenage boys — including one in Oakland County — into recording and sending him sexually explicit images.
Federal prosecutors say it could be the largest U-S case of online sexual extortion of children. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says 39-year-old Richard Leon Finkbiner got in touch with a 14-year old Oakland County youngster on the web:READ MORE: 2 New Coronavirus Outbreaks Reported In Michigan Schools This Week
“He videotaped the young boy doing these things and then played it back, and said if you don’t do the next thing I want you to do, I’ll post this very embarrassing video,” said Bouchard.READ MORE: Michigan DNR: Great Lakes Beach Safety Is Key For State Park Visits
The youngster finally told his parents about the situation. The parents contacted police.
Bouchard says he tipped federal authorities into the Oakland County case, which mushroomed into the current national case.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?
Finkbiner was arrested Friday at his home.