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Ohio man sentenced for sexually exploiting minors; One victim from Loudoun

An Ohio man, Vincenzo Leonardi, was sentenced to 15 years in prison today for exploiting at least six minor boys to produce sexually explicit photographs and videos.

One of the victims was a Loudoun County 9-year-old .

Leonardi, 27, pleaded guilty in federal court in February to sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to court documents and the Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney's Office, from at least May 2012 to February 2016, Leonardi posed as a pre-adolescent minor girl named “Taylor Capps” on Facebook, Instagram, Kik and other social media services for the purpose of contacting minor boys over the Internet to engage in sexually explicit communications and conduct. As part of his scheme, Leonardi sent pictures of a minor girl and other naked females to his victims.

For the Loudoun County victim and at least five others across the country, Leonardi successfully coerced and enticed them to record themselves engaged in sexually explicit behavior and to transmit those photographs and videos to Leonardi.

As part of his plea agreement, Leonardi admitted that he attempted to similarly exploit at least a dozen other minor boys he contacted online, all of whom were between the ages of 9 and 12 years old. Leonardi also admitted that his personal laptop computer, which was seized during the execution of a search warrant in December 2015, contained more than two dozen sexually explicit videos and over 100 sexually explicit images of children.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Andrew W. Vale, assistant director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Loudoun County Sheriff Mike L. Chapman (R) made the announcement today after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maya D. Song and Jay V. Prabhu prosecuted the case.

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Should’ve been a music teacher and this would be acceptable.

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