BRAZIL, Indiana – Police have arrested a man in Indiana, accusing him of blackmailing at least 100 people, mostly boys 14 to 16 years old, into performing sex acts online.
Richard Finkbiner, 39, is facing sexual exploitation of children charges, stemming from an investigation that began after two of his victims went to police to report his activities.
Basically, Finkbiner would use a fake online identity and form relationships with his victims, ultimately getting uncoerced camera footage of them posing naked or performing sex acts. Using this material, he would turn the boys into his own personal “slaves” by threatening to post the videos to gay porn sites if they did not continue supplying more material.
“You want to play this game, or you want to be a gay porn star?” Finkbiner allegedly told one victim during a video Skype call, the federal complaint said.
But his twisted game ended when one 14-year-old boy in Michigan couldn’t take it anymore.
“I’ll add your name and email so if anyone googles u they will see ur video,” Finkbiner allegedly informed the teen, forcing him into providing more sexually explicit video. The teen eventually “broke down” from stress after a second incident.
He “became emotional and hysterical, and disclosed to his brother what was happening,” FBI Special Agent Ryan Barrett said. The brother told their parents, who then contacted police.
Michigan investigators were able to track down Finkbiner in Indiana. During interrogation, Finkbiner admitted to blackmailing hundreds of teens. When shown pictures of two of his victims, Finkbiner said he’d gotten so much video and images from so many victims, that “he could not readily recognize every individual.”
He wasn’t lying. According to Timothy Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis, thousands of video files were found on Finkbiner’s computer and it will likely take months to identify all of his victims.
Richard Finkbiner is looking at a possible 30 years in prison if convicted.
It’s stories like these that have parents keeping their kids from going online. I feel this is the wrong avenue to combat these online predators and only hurts your kid in the long run more than it helps. The Internet can be a great tool in the hands of kids of parents who monitor their activity.
Their is no excuse for a parent not to be aware of the online dangers out there, but with just a little knowledge and a little effort, you practically neuter a predator’s ability to harm your kids. Inform your kids of these kind of people, demand account passwords, put the computer in a family area and not their room, install monitoring software, etc.
But most of all, open your fucking eyes and get involved. These sickos are only a danger to the children they are able to operate on unabated.Tags: blackmail, Crime, Indiana, Richard Finkbiner, sexual exploitation