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Conclusion to Wisconsin facebook blackmail case

By J. DeVoy

Today, a Wisconsin man who posed as a girl on social networking sites to obtain nude photos of more than 30 of his high school classmates, which he then used for blackmail, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  Anthony Stancl, 19, used these pictures to coerce his classmates to perform sexual acts with him.  Stancl photographed these encounters as well, giving him further blackmail material.  If his victims refused, Stancl threatened to release the photos to the public and other classmates.

This is not Stancl’s first run-in with state authorities.  In 2008, he was investigated for a bomb threat written on the wall of a bathroom stall.  He followed this initial threat up by using an alias from a public computer and e-mailing two of his teachers, “Good luck tomorrow. Boom.”

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