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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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Judge, jury, and executioner
By dresche2 on 2/5/2009 12:20:08 PM , Rating: 1
It seems that a lot of you are quick to jump on this kid and want him dead or locked up for the rest of his life. I am not saying what he did is right, indeed it is most definitely wrong, but you don't know why he did it.

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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.


Maybe its just me, but this makes me think there might be previous actions that led him to do this. For all I know he was beaten to a pulp and/or sexually assaulted by each of these guys daily until he decided he had enough. This is the whole purpose of a trial, to let prior events come to light. If indeed something like this had happened, that is definitely going to affect his developing thought process and reasoning.

It just seems you guys are shooting first and asking questions later...




RE: Judge, jury, and executioner
By TomZ on 2/5/2009 12:29:37 PM , Rating: 5
Assuming the evidence in this case is correct - he presents a clear and present danger to society, and he should be locked up. I'm not against him getting treatment for mental health issues while he's in prison, but we as a society need to be protected from people like this.

In other words, if you commit a crime, you do the time - no excuses.


RE: Judge, jury, and executioner
By dresche2 on 2/5/2009 12:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough, but I think that should be applied universally. If it comes out that the "victims" were aggressors as well, they should also receive a prison/psychiatric sentence.


RE: Judge, jury, and executioner
By TomZ on 2/5/2009 12:42:19 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, but I'll bet this guy's defense attorney will probably try to convince the jury that the victims gave their consent for sex. I don't think that matters in terms of guilt or innocence, but I would imagine that would enter in terms of determing sentencing. But I'm not a lawyer.


RE: Judge, jury, and executioner
By JKflipflop98 on 2/5/2009 8:46:30 PM , Rating: 2
The "WHY" doesn't matter.

Look, if my ailing grandma is in the hospital and needs a 4 million dollar heart transplant, does that make it ok for me to knock over a few banks to pay for it?

No.

So now, what in your mind would make it OK to blackmail 31 young kids into homosexual acts? There has to be something there.


RE: Judge, jury, and executioner
By AMDJunkie on 2/6/2009 10:43:21 AM , Rating: 2
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So now, what in your mind would make it OK to blackmail 31 young kids into sexual acts?


Fixed that for you.


RE: Judge, jury, and executioner
By ekv on 2/10/2009 2:34:09 AM , Rating: 2
No. Anthony Stancl stands accused of blackmailing 31 other juveniles into having homosexual acts [7 acceded]. Why would you want to state otherwise? Do you think it reflects negatively upon the homosexual community?

Of course, it doesn't really rise to the level of the Jason Shephard case ...

http://us.altermedia.info/news-of-interest-to-whit...


By mindless1 on 2/7/2009 2:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
I vote, he was molested by a family member, someone he trusted a loved and in his screwed up head this is what relationships are, doing that or others allowing it to happen.

IMO, psych evaluation is needed along with uncovering prior events not just related to the crimes directly by preceding them - as a society we should know what causes these things so we can better screen people and try to detect, avoid situations that produce people like this kid in the future.

He definitely needs removed from society for awhile at the very least, but I tend to agree that death or lifelong imprisonment seems a bit harsh since people were only emotionally traumatized as far as we know. It was a horrible thing he did several times but rapists and blackmailers don't generally get sent away for dozens of years, let alone life from age 18.


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