Man gets 5 years in prison for using online sex ‘bait ads’ to extort men in Southern California

LOS ANGELES — — A 29-year-old male was sentenced Monday to five years behind bars for making use of the web to obtain a minimum of $150,000 from males in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and also in other places who replied to on-line “bait ads” supplying gay sex services.

Over a duration of six years, Tyler Buchanan acquired ads on Craigslist, Backpage and also other internet sites that appeared to use sex solutions for hire, primarily targeting gay males in multiple cities as well as states, including many areas in Los Angeles as well as Orange counties.

As soon as a possible target reacted to Buchanan by getting in touch with a listed telephone number, the Nevada-based accused would browse online for personal information on the sufferer, after that respond by text to generate either conversation that was sex-related in nature and/or a contract to engage in a sex act for money, according to his plea contract filed in Los Angeles federal court.

After a message conversation that can be potentially unpleasant to the target, Buchanan would certainly endanger to reveal the messages — — which commonly developed the male’s sexual passion — — along with intimidate to report the target to police for solicitation of prostitution — — unless extortion cash was paid.

“He tortured many sufferers over several years,” stated U.S. District Court Otis D. Wright II, that got Buchanan to pay restitution of $67,567 to guys who were extorted.

Buchanan begged guilty in downtown Los Angeles in January 2020 to federal felony fees of utilizing the internet to help with illegal activity, transferring harmful interactions with intent to extort, and getting and also disposing of extortion earnings.

In a letter to the court, the accused confessed that when he began running the scheme, “I was a harmed and also mad individual and also hopeless for cash … … I broke the law and also acted like an individual I’m not happy with. I took money from other individuals and also I scared them.”

Buchanan uploaded greater than 1,300 lure advertisements for the system, requiring that victims make monthly settlements ranging from $100 to $4,000.

Among his victims was a Los Angeles guy from whom more than $22,225 was extorted. In one of his very first threats, Buchanan texted the man, “You’ll pay for it one method or an additional. You choose.”

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