Man pleads guilty to ‘sextortion’ — blackmail women lewd photos

Joseph Iorio, 21, pleaded guilty Friday to running a “sextortion” scheme in which he allegedly blackmailed for more than 30 women in their late teens and early 20s.

(Suffolk County)

A 22-year-old New York man pled guilty last week of threatening more than 30 women with the posting of “revenge porn” photos, prosecutors said.

Joseph Iorio, 21, of Holtsville, New York City, a suburb, was arrested in July last year on charges relating to an alleged “sextortion” scheme, the New York Post reported.

The Man admits sick ‘sextortion’ scheme that targeted 30 women

— New York Post (@nypost) March 24, 2018

Prosecutors say Iorio moderated on a website chat room, which featured explicit photos of women that were submitted by men and boys, Newsday reported. Iorio would not be possible for clients to have the raciest material originating from others, until they listed the names and contact information of the women on the photos of the clients submitted.

Iorio would then contact the women, and threaten parts of the spicy photos in his possession,– unless the women him with even more lurid shots, the report said.

“We can only imagine the type of fear, isolation and desperation that these women must feel when they receive a message showing that someone they don’t know, is an image of them naked or performing a sexual act,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Friday in a statement. He compared Iorio the actions of “a modern form of sexual torture.”

“We can only imagine the type of fear, isolation and desperation that these women must feel.”

– Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini

According to the Post, the DA’s office was first notified of Iorio, the alleged scheme in July 2017. A later study showed evidence that Iorio had uploaded the explicit images on an online forum, together with the women of the personal information.

If convicted, Iorio faces five years in prison, Sini said. His sentencing is scheduled for 2 May.

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