A defendant charged with stalking and aggravated identity theft, was an ex-contractor for NASA, authorities said.
A former contractor who worked for the NASA access nude photos of seven women from their computers, then threatened to post the photos on the Internet if the women refused to provide him with more explicit photos, according to a report.
Richard Gregory Bauer, 28, of Los Angeles, was on Wednesday arrested and charged a 14-count indictment with stalking, unauthorized access to a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft, the Orange County Register reported.
If convicted on all charges, Bauer could get and 64 years in federal prison, according to a statement from the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
Former NASA contractor threatened women with internet publication of nude photos, government says https://t.co/OP9EkEQP3n
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Bauer contacted the women with aliases, such as “Steve Smith” “John Smith,” and “Garret,” the report said. In some of the communications, he would explain what he wanted to see in the new photos that he requested.
“(Y)ou do this and your nude photos will stay private,” he told a woman, according to the indictment, the Register reported.
In one instance, Bauer wrote a woman and a topless photo of her, authorities said, according to the Register.
Bauer was a contractor at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, according to the U. S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, the Register reported.