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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 TomZ on 2/5/2009 12:08:07 PM , Rating: 3
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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.


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