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FBI looking for possible La. victims of sextortionist

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BATON ROUGE - FBI officials in Louisiana will soon release information related to a nationwide "sextortion" case where there are known victims in Louisiana.

There are at least three victims in the state, and there could be others in a sexual exploitation case centered around a Florida man named Lucas Michael Chansler. Chansler pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in 2014 and was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison.

Investigators said Chansler tricked young girls into thinking he was a teenage boy and convinced them to perform sex acts on camera. He recorded the acts, prosecutors said, and then threatened to share the images or videos with people the young girls knew unless they sent him more.

Chansler was active on the Internet from 2007 and continuing through January 2010. It is believed he had hundreds of victims in almost half of the United States and other countries. When he was arrested in 2010, authorities said they found 80,000 images and videos of child pornography from over 350 underage girls.

Tuesday, the FBI released his known usernames on various Internet platforms. Agents asked anyone who recognizes the names and may have communicated with the person behind the name, to contact them. People with information are asked to complete a confidential questionnaire at www.fbi.gov/sextortion or email FBIVICTIMASSISTANCE@IC.FBI.GOV.

The Jacksonville, Florida, ABC affiliate reported on its website, Chansler ran his ring from inside his parents house in a suburb of the city. He operated in secret, the station said, to become the "most prolific sextortionists in history."

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