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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: 300 Years
By bldckstark on 2/5/2009 12:22:25 PM , Rating: 5
I was a prison guard a while back, after I got out of the military. It is interesting to note other inmates consider child molesters to be the most disgusting humans on earth. They are unanimously despised by the general population of inmates, and are punished at every opportunity by the other offenders.

The most heinous offender we had in the prison I worked in always walked really strangely from the continual molestations that he had to endure. Of course, this just makes the offender a worse human being, but you can be sure that this guy will be tortured and possibly killed while in prison for these crimes. NOBODY except the chaplain cares about the beatings, rapes, and verbal torture these guys endure. It is a personal hell for child molesters.

On a side note - people used to ask me what the answer was to the prison problem. I couldn't even begin to answer them in a realistic fashion. The problem starts with society. I don't know how to fix it. So I always told them that we should give every inmate a Rambo knife, and put the guards outside the fence. You will reduce the prison population, reduce costs, eliminate new prison construction, and scare the living crap out of criminals who have not been caught yet. Ignorant idea for sure, but very effective.


RE: 300 Years
By VaultDweller on 2/5/2009 12:40:19 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
So I always told them that we should give every inmate a Rambo knife, and put the guards outside the fence. You will reduce the prison population, reduce costs, eliminate new prison construction, and scare the living crap out of criminals who have not been caught yet. Ignorant idea for sure, but very effective.


Cool idea. This way, the punishment scales not with the severity of the crime, but instead with the (lack of) physical prowess and aggression in the criminal. I'm all for a penal system where the punishment for a 100-pound pretty-boy caught shoplifting is to be raped and murdered, and the punishment for a 250-pound psychotic mob enforcer who commits multiple murders would be a trip to his personal utopia where he gets to play out a god complex and kill as many wimps as he wants.

/sarcasm


RE: 300 Years
By TomZ on 2/5/2009 12:43:30 PM , Rating: 4
From the outside, you kind of get the impression that prison is like that already.


RE: 300 Years
By JKflipflop98 on 2/5/2009 8:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
That's. . . how prison is anyways.


RE: 300 Years
By Noya on 2/5/2009 5:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
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people used to ask me what the answer was to the prison problem . I couldn't even begin to answer them in a realistic fashion. The problem starts with society. I don't know how to fix it. So I always told them that we should give every inmate a Rambo knife, and put the guards outside the fence. You will reduce the prison population, reduce costs, eliminate new prison construction , and scare the living crap out of criminals who have not been caught yet. Ignorant idea for sure, but very effective.


Have you ever heard of the military industrial complex?

Well, there is also a prison version. The government doesn't want to reduce prisons. Look how much money is involved from busting a dumb drug user - arrested - cops are payed - lawyers paid - people paid to build prisons - the guards payed to work there - the drugs going in and out through the guards - etc. And now with all the private prisons coming online...it's just a HUGE market. Prisons = MONEY.


RE: 300 Years
By robinthakur on 2/9/2009 7:22:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think this guy is absolutely devious and deserves to have the book thrown at him. However I'm slightly uncomfortable with the whole paedophile tag thing as when he carried out these acts he was a minor himself and the acts were on people of his own age, which I would think is rape. He is CURRENTLY 18. I'm not certain that kids that age think things through with respect to ages of consent etc. especially if it concerns their own age group. Its a grey area which is allowed to exist because its part of growing up in many western countries.

However you slice it though, pictures of a 13 year old is vile and he deserves to be punished for what he's done. I don't think that we should be talking life sentences, however, without knowing anything about his circumstances.

Perhaps a shrink could explain to him that if he's a decent human being then he doesn't need to trick guys into sex acts. The fact that he's gay is not an excuse but does tend to mean that its more difficult in some backward parts of America (and the wider world) to live the life openly which he might want, but it needs to be made crystal clear that this is not how decent members of society conduct themselves, gay or straight, and therefore a custodial sentence of some kind would seem to fit.

Sentencing depends on his reasons (however twisted) for doing what he did: was it because he had no other way of meeting guys (that he knew of) or was it the thrill of entrapping his classmates? The latter is disturbing and indicates significant and incurable psychological problems, while the former is less so. The whole thing reminds me of the plot of that movie Heathers!


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