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Anthony Stancl   (Source: AP)
Stancl's sentence was part of a plea deal

One of the most common things for internet users to access are social networking sites. Facebook is the largest social networking site online right now followed by MySpace. Both social networks have had their share of serious trouble caused by users of the networks. In January 2009, a man in England was sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his wife after she changed her Facebook status to single after a bitter divorce.

MySpace has had problems with sexual offenders frequenting the site as well and kicked 90,000 sex offenders off its site in February of 2009. One of the most disturbing cases involving sexual abuse that stemmed from a social networking site happened on Facebook and involved 18-year-old Anthony Stancl. Stancl was charged in February of 2009 with five counts of child enticement, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, possession of child pornography, repeated sexual assault of the same child, and making a bomb threat.

The charges stem from a devious scheme that Stancl -- a high school student at New Berlin Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, WI -- operated where he posed on Facebook as a female named Kayla (or in some case, Emily). Stancl lured male classmates from his school into sending him nude photos. Stancl then used the photos to blackmail some of the male students into performing sexual acts with him by threatening to release the photos to other students at the school and post them online.

When police raided Stancl's home, they recovered 300 nude images of juvenile males from his computer. According to police, the youngest victim of sex acts with Stancl was 15 and the youngest male in one of the photos was 13. The incidents started in 2007 and the last was in November of 2008. Stancl was caught when he was  linked to a bomb threat during the investigation of the incident.

Stancl was sentenced this week and faced as much as 30 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision. Judge J. Mac Davis sentenced Stancl to 15 years in prison and another 13 years of extended supervision. Stancl will also have to register as a sex offender. 

Stancl agreed to the prison time as part of a plea agreement that stipulated he plead no contest to the charges and he was convicted on December 22, 2009 on two felony counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child, possession of child pornography, and third-degree sexual assault. Judge Davis imposed the sentence after citing a 2004 case when Stancl was a juvenile where he was found delinquent in the sexual assault of a 3-year old he was babysitting. Davis said, "I am afraid of what he can and might do."

Stancl apologized to the students and families that he victimized in court as well as his own family, including a brother and sister still attending the same high school. Stancl said, "I put you through a terrible situation."

Stancl's defense attorney was seeking five years in prison and ten years of supervision. The defense claimed that the attacks stemmed from Stancl's struggles with homosexuality and being "outed" as gay by an older boy at school. Stancl was taken to prison immediately after the sentence was imposed.

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This might be a stupid question....
By Lerianis on 2/27/2010 9:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
But how do you blackmail ANYONE, even a child or teenager, into sex? I mean, when I think about it, I am hard pressed to think of ANYTHING that someone could use against me to make me have sex with them against my will, nor anything I did as a child that anyone could use to do that.

What was this guy using against these people?

RE: This might be a stupid question....
By Camikazi on 2/28/2010 4:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
Nude pictures, thinking as a teenager, it's probably seen as less embarrassing by them to have sex with someone then to have everyone of your friends see a nude picture of you. Teenagers don't think like normal people, tell a horny teenage boy you are a girl and want to see them naked and chances are good you will get the pic.

Then you tell them if they don't do what you say that you will show all of their friends and classmates their naked picture and there you go. To a teenager, something done with them and one other person is less embarrassing then something seen by everyone you know.

By Lerianis on 3/3/2010 4:10:55 PM , Rating: 2
Having nude pictures distributed is only 'more embarrassing' than being forced into sex with someone if the person in question has been raised in the proper manner.

And, I would easily tell my 'friend' or classmate that if this thing showed up on the internet.... I would LITERALLY kick their ass and maybe.... NOT STOP THERE.... i.e. start playing taps for them!

It's as I said... still a mystery as to how you could force someone into having sex with you! Especially since I would just reason "Hey, they still have the picture... they will release it anyway! F*** NO! I ain't having sex with them!"

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