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A booking picture of Mr. Stancl is shown here. Mr. Stancl stands accused of luring 31 male classmates into sending him sexual images and video. He is also accused of blackmailing many of these classmates to try to get them to have sex with him. He suceeded in blackmailing 7 male classmates, according to victim testimony.
Male Facebook user posed as a girl and then lured classmates into sending him nude pictures, then blackmailed them for sex

As Facebook pulls away from MySpace in terms of social networking traffic, both networks face increasing challenges trying to monitor and prevent predatory user activity.  Such cases were accentuated by the Megan Meier-MySpace suicide case and MySpace's decision to terminate 90,000 registered sex offenders from its service.  Another recent incident saw a man kill his wife over a Facebook status change.  And the online world only gets stranger.

An 18-year-old male student who resides near Milwaukee, WI is accused of perhaps the most bizarre and disturbing instances of social network sexual predation to date.  The male, who attends New Berlin Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, which is about 15 miles west of Milwaukee, is accused of using Facebook to lure 31 of his male classmates into providing him with sexually explicit materials, and then blackmailing many of them into having sex with him.

Anthony Stancl was charged Wednesday on five counts of child enticement, two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, possession of child pornography, repeated sexual assault of the same child, and making a bomb threat.

According to officials, Mr. Stancl posed as a girl named Kayla or Emily on Facebook.  He then lured his classmates, most of whom were underage, into sending nude video and photos to him.  He was able to then tempt over 31 of his classmates into sending such pornographic materials.

After they sent the files, over half of the male classmates admitted that Mr. Stancl's alter-ego blackmailed them, threatening to release the embarrassing photos or videos if (her) demands were not met.  The user threatened to send the photos to the male classmates' friends and post them all over the internet.

Mr. Stancl's alter-ego demanded that the boys meet with (her) "male friend" and exchange sex acts with him.  The friend, of course, was Mr. Stancl.  According to testimony, seven of the victims admit to performing sex acts on Mr. Stancl or having sex acts performed on them by Mr. Stancl.  According to the boys, Mr. Stancl took pictures on his cell phone while engaging in these acts.

When raiding his house, police discovered 300 nude images of juvenile males on his computer.  The youngest victim of sex acts was 15; the pictures included victims as young as 13-years-old.

The incidents, which started in spring 2007, finally ended in November of last year.  Mr. Stancl was brought in for questioning about a bomb threat written on bathroom walls, which he stands accused of scrawling.  The threat closed New Berlin Eisenhower Middle and High School.  After his questioning, the victims began to come forward about their disturbing experience with Mr. Stancl and his alter-ego on Facebook.

Stancl's attorney, Craig Kuhary says his client will plead not guilty, but hopes to reach a plea agreement on the charges.  He states merely, "It's too early in the case for me to make a statement, other than the fact at some point we are going to go into events that had taken place earlier that might have had some impact on what he did here."

New Berlin Police Lt. Mike Glider believes there may be even more victims.  He is urging anyone Mr. Stancl contacted to come forward.

Mr. Stancl's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 26.  If convicted of all the charges, he could receive a maximum sentence of 300 years behind bars.

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RE: Idiots
By JasonMick on 2/5/2009 11:10:45 AM , Rating: 5
Did this guy intentionally target low IQ classmates, or what?

Yea, they're called teenagers.

Sure, what his victims did was stupid, but they were KIDS. Kids do lots of dumb things that adults would have the sense not to. Trying to blame the crime on its victims or even partially is ridiculous in my mind. This guy is a disgusting creep and needs to be locked away in solitary confinement for the rest of his life.

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/5/2009 11:27:43 AM , Rating: 5
I would add, many if not most adults will do stupid things. Especial if they think sex may be involved. Teenagers are more likely to be taken advantaged of verse an adult.

RE: Idiots
By mdogs444 on 2/5/2009 11:27:46 AM , Rating: 2
Trying to blame the crime on its victims or even partially is ridiculous in my mind. This guy is a disgusting creep and needs to be locked away in solitary confinement for the rest of his life.

Two days in a row and we agree again, Jason.

This guy should have the sexual offender label, and stick with him for the rest of his life.

RE: Idiots
By tastyratz on 2/5/2009 11:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
yea how about this, even I agree with you today :-p
This guy is on the worst end of the spectrum, he deserves to have the book thrown at him.

I think he will change his views however when he goes to prison and good ol "hung like an elephant trunk" bubba performs "male sex acts" on him on a regular basis.

RE: Idiots
By bhieb on 2/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Idiots
By dever on 2/5/2009 11:42:58 AM , Rating: 5
Gee, don't be too harsh, Wally.

How about punishing the criminal and not worry about some pansy-xxx way of trying to track him later. Possible solutions may involve chopping off one or more of his heads.

RE: Idiots
By VaultDweller on 2/5/2009 11:29:19 AM , Rating: 5
they're called teenagers.

they were KIDS.

So is he.

I agree the guy is pretty sick and blaming anything on the victims is absurd, but solitary confinement for life? That's pretty absurd too, and extremely disproportionate to the crime.

RE: Idiots
By mdogs444 on 2/5/09, Rating: 0
RE: Idiots
By VaultDweller on 2/5/2009 12:13:20 PM , Rating: 5
should not be allowed to be around any children

Dude, he's barely more than a child himself. In fact if he's 18 now and has attempted this with 31 people, I'd assume he was a minor when he started. You make it sound like he's a pedophile for targeting his own age group.

RE: Idiots
By nafhan on 2/6/2009 8:34:54 AM , Rating: 1
The fact that he's 18 actually has me worried as much as anything else about this. People with these kinds of problems don't get better with time without help, they progress into even worse behavior. If he hadn't been caught, who knows what he'd be into by the time he is 25 or 30.
As far as him targeting his own age group, the article says he had pics of a 13 year old! On top of that he's blackmailing people. This is not normal behavior (even for a teenager).

RE: Idiots
By emboss on 2/5/2009 1:15:37 PM , Rating: 5
The British tried that way back in 1770. Didn't turn out to be such a good idea in the long run :)

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/5/2009 4:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
I like Australia.... I think it’s a good place.

RE: Idiots
By notolerance on 2/5/2009 6:19:49 PM , Rating: 2
Just remember not all the convicts sent to Australia were "Sex Offenders". My background on my fathers side were convicts and were sent here - apparently as trivial as being caught stealing bread for his family... I reckon he shoulda made it worthwhile and took the stereo instead... oh, wait, scratch that!

Ironically my Mother's side were English royalty, and probably had some part in sending the poor bugger over here!

Back to the point, I think in the day most sex offenders weren't just shipped off to a distant land, at least not while they were still breathing... Off to the GALLOWS with them!!

And I agree, Australia is a good place.

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/5/2009 6:25:41 PM , Rating: 4
The only real problem with Australia, is that you all have Winter at the wrong time of year. Winter is for Winter months not summer months..... :)

RE: Idiots
By overzealot on 2/5/2009 11:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
One of my ancestors got pushed here for embezzlement.
After serving his sentence, he became some politician's bookkeeper. Ironic.

RE: Idiots
By darkfoon on 2/6/2009 8:14:32 PM , Rating: 3
I used to believe the same thing about needing cities to put incurable and undesirable criminals.

However, that is essentially what the Siberian gulags were. But in that case the definition of "undesirable and incorrigible criminal" was expanded to include dissidents, homosexuals, religious dissenters, etc.

So while it's an appealing idea, the potential for abuse has already been historically demonstrated. You can not convince me that people are any better now than they were 60 years ago and would not abuse this kind of power.

(Imagine a city full of rapists, child molesters, murderers and journalists.)

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/5/2009 12:06:45 PM , Rating: 1
It’s 31 cases of black mailing. This is just wrong. In these cases the black was to be paid off in homosexual activities. That’s very personal not like take money from someone, which is not right either, but money is money... It's not personal - it just sucks to lose money but better then being raped (having sex against ones will). In these cases not only were they having sex against ones will but homosexual sex. Most people on this planet are not into homosexual sex. Does not mean they care if others are into it or not, it's just not for them. Now, they have done an act which they can never clear out of their minds. This act would be against some of these if not all these 31 cases personal beliefs and/or religious beliefs. In many countries, if discovered both parties would be executed (yes, victim too).

Have no doubt, the punishment not only fits the crime but it may be a little light. Should add, the punishment fits no matter whom the victims were or would be: boys, girls, adults, elderly…

RE: Idiots
By Mojo the Monkey on 2/5/2009 12:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
I want to know whats going on at this guy's home. I'd bet good money on some pretty messed up circumstances. Not an excuse, but merely a prediction.

RE: Idiots
By wordsworm on 2/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Idiots
By madoka on 2/5/2009 2:24:20 PM , Rating: 5
"What planet are you on? Most of the guys I know, and plenty of the women enjoy watching and participating in homosexual sex."

Wordsworm you are an admitted PERVERT and a borderline pedophile. In the past, you've claimed that there is nothing wrong with tricking 7 year olds into watching hardcore porn. The fact that you are working with young children as a "teacher" is deeply disturbing.

RE: Idiots
By wordsworm on 2/6/2009 2:25:31 AM , Rating: 2
Intentionally exposing young children to porn via making them sit in front of a TV while a porn DVD is playing is, and should be, criminal. I have no idea what gave you the idea that I was a pedophile. Are you just trolling, or are you an idiot?

There's nothing wrong with homosexuality at all. I've known both genders - lesbians and gays - who tended to be outstanding individuals, just as I've known heterosexuals who were idiots. I'm guessing that you're one of them.

RE: Idiots
By madoka on 2/6/2009 4:46:04 AM , Rating: 2
Have you forgotten your stance on porn spam? Let me refresh your memory. You claimed it was perfectly fine for spammers to send hardcore ads to young children. Furthermore, you claimed that there was nothing wrong with children watching hardcore porn. You got negged on those posts as well. You don't seem to see that your views are twisted and certainly in the minority.

RE: Idiots
By wordsworm on 2/6/2009 6:30:57 AM , Rating: 1
You're an idiot who lacks reading comprehension. I said kids wouldn't be interested in porn spam. They simply wouldn't care. I was supporting the position that spam is a freedom of speech issue and that kids were both unlikely to get porn spam (unless they're putting their email addresses on porn sites) and unlikely to care if they did see it. If, on the other hand they saw Barney or that train that kids are into, I'm sure that would be another story.

Whether I'm in the minority or majority, it makes no difference. Right and wrong don't care about those things. You are the one who is twisting what you read into something that was not said. Did you go to the same school the Bush II did? The one that neglected to teach him how to hold a book upright or take the lens caps off of binoculars?

So what if I believe in freedom of speech. It doesn't make me a pedophile any more than university made Bush II become intelligent.

RE: Idiots
By mindless1 on 2/7/2009 1:51:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well you wrote:

"Most of the guys I know, and plenty of the women enjoy watching and participating in homosexual sex. "

Which basically means you deliberately segregate yourself from most of society, either by choice, or through the reactions of others to your choices.

Being part of a minority doesn't make you wrong automatically, but of course there are also people who are a minority because of something they do wrong if you wanted to describe wrong-doers as a group. I am not speaking of homosexuals as a group, since that is a preference I can decline I am more offended by this idea that free speech to you means we have to allow others to FORCE their speech upon us.

Free speech does not ever mean you get to force someone to listen. It is always the listener's choice. Spam is never about freedom of speech when it is meant to popularize porn, sell other products. People who take action to opt-in to a mailing list should receive it, that's what free speech allows not crap you don't want. That includes you having no right to stand on my front porch and spew crap, an email box is private property too even if "private" means a business.

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/5/2009 3:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
"What planet are you on? Most of the guys I know, and plenty of the women enjoy watching and participating in homosexual sex."

Ahhhh you are very, very, very wrong. I said most people on this planet, not most people you know. If most people on this planet were the way you are, you would not see so many families with little kids running around. You hang around a very small group of people (compared to the world population) if most of them are participating in homosexual sex. This is fine if you wish to be there, but do not believe that because most of the people you know are that way that most of the world is that way.

"As to the boys who got blackmailed - if they hadn't sent explicit sex photos, then they wouldn't have been blackmailed. I'm not suggesting that they deserved it, but they did something for it."

Actually you are saying they deserved it. Just like some people think because a girl wears a very short skirt with very tiny panties and a thin tube top for a shirt (basically showing the world all that she has...) deserves to be raped? In my book, no she does not. Of course she better expect to be starred at, hear all kinds of comments, and have photos taken as she walks around. In the same sense, just because these boys did a foolish thing (photos) does not mean that they should be raped. However, they should have expected comments and their photos to be looked at by others.
If someone wants to live a homosexual or any other lifestyle, ultimately it's their option. However, tricking others (blackmailing) into a different lifestyle is unacceptable.

RE: Idiots
By VaultDweller on 2/5/2009 5:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know... girl-on-girl action seems to have almost universal appeal amongst the men of the western world.

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/5/2009 5:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's because most of us guys are dirty dogs. We tend to think, well if I was really there in front of those to mega supper hot chicks and they were going at it and saw me standing there, they'd say, "Come over here big boy and play with us...use any or every hole you want. We are your sex toys..."

There is a difference between fantasy and reality…. Reality is where you find the broken dreams and handcuffs – not the fuzzy kind. :P

RE: Idiots
By wordsworm on 2/6/2009 2:35:43 AM , Rating: 1
"Ahhhh you are very, very, very wrong. I said most people on this planet, not most people you know. If most people on this planet were the way you are, you would not see so many families with little kids running around."

First you say that most people aren't like me, but then in reply to the other fellow you say "That's because most of us guys are dirty dogs,"

Which is it? Are you trying to say that most men want it or don't want it and it's just the guys I know? Or were you just being an idiot like the other wanker?

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/6/2009 11:43:25 AM , Rating: 2
The answer is you are the idiot. Read what I said... I said "that's becausee most of us guys are dirty dogs,". That does not mean most men are into homosexuality. It means they are dirty dogs incase you still do not understand, a dirty dog just wants to put his pecker into a girl...

RE: Idiots
By mars777 on 2/9/2009 10:47:32 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry for interrupting you but *Actually* you are wrong. The guy said he would like to get in where two girls are into homosexual acts.

Thats basically what you were commenting later.

Nowhere he said he would like to have homo sex.

RE: Idiots
By adiposity on 2/5/2009 1:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
I'm the first to say that sexual offender laws are out of control in this country, but this guy is basically a multi-count rapist. And I don't just mean statutory. These were probably nearly all heterosexual (at most bisexual) kids who were coerced into performing sex acts they didn't desire.

The only thing on his side is that he's basically a kid himself.

Solitary confinement, maybe not, but if you add up the counts of rape he could easily be in jail for life.


RE: Idiots
By wordsworm on 2/6/2009 2:29:26 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't put it in the same context as, say, someone who overpowers another physically before doing their thing. I do believe he should get some time for this, but I think going outside of three, possibly five years in prison is too extreme. ie, judge issues 3-4 years for each of the rapes to be served concurrently.

RE: Idiots
By Steve1981 on 2/5/2009 1:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
but solitary confinement for life? That's pretty absurd too, and extremely disproportionate to the crime

I suspect that depends on your beliefs/point of view. There are certainly areas of the world where he would be executed for comparable crimes and nobody would bat an eyelash.

In either case I imagine this kid is going to have a considerable amount of time in jail to think about what he's done.

RE: Idiots
By TomZ on 2/5/2009 12:08:07 PM , Rating: 3
Sure, what his victims did was stupid, but they were KIDS. Kids do lots of dumb things that adults would have the sense not to
I understand they are kids, but my point really is that they chose to be victims. They made multiple bad decisions resulting in themselves becoming victims.

I still think the guy should go to prison, but I don't have a lot of sympathy for the victims. They were almost willing participants if you ask me.

RE: Idiots
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/5/2009 4:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
If it was a case of one or two victims you might have a point. However, we are talking about 31 cases, 31 different people. This guy was hunting for prey, hunting for victims, and looking for a lot of them. By the time he took kid number 4 or 5 he was a pro at this game. The victims had no clue that they were walking into a trap.

I wonder how many, "got away" because they did not send him a photo?
Also, we should figure out a way to use real stories like these to teach the youth why to be careful and how to be careful. Are current program obviously is not working.

RE: Idiots
By mars777 on 2/9/2009 10:51:23 PM , Rating: 2
A simple program would suffice:

Making a new law: "Sending a nude photo to a stranger is against the law"

RE: Idiots
By mindless1 on 2/7/2009 1:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
For being dumb enough to send compromising pics or videos, they would be victims of having those circulate, willing to share that without any real assurance that nobody else would see these displays.

For blackmail, sexual abuse, and possibly rape, no it was not their decisions that resulted in this, anymore than you "decide" to hand armed robbers your wallet because of a prior poor decision to be in an area where an armed robber happened to be. Granted in the latter case there is threat of deadly force, this is why it is significant that they were minors which tend to over-react and have more protection under our legal system.

RE: Idiots
By Sungpooz on 2/11/2009 5:31:44 AM , Rating: 2
I guess it take 16 years for kids to understand why their mom told them "Don't talk with strangers."

RE: Idiots
By FaceMaster on 2/11/2009 8:43:01 AM , Rating: 2
Kids do lots of dumb things that adults would have the sense not to.

I wouldn't be so sure about that.

Kids aren't to blame for this current economic crisis (which was brought on by SEVERE stupidity)

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