As If You Needed Another Reminder: Beware Who You Friend on the Facebook
This just in from the U.S. Attorney's Office: A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted a 35-year-old Ennis man named Jerry Wayne Valek on three counts of production of child pornography. He's been in custody for about a month, and according to the indictment, Valek spent more than two years -- from September 18, 2008, to December 14, 2010 -- getting three young men to send him sexually explicit photos for "lascivious exhibition."
I'll spare you the details of the federal indictment -- suffice it to say, there were a lot of photos taken using cell phones and mirrors. And how'd Valek get the boys to send him their photos? Says the U.S. Attorney:
Valek, using the name of "Jessica Villerra," [represented] himself on his Facebook profile to be a 25-year-old Dallas resident [and] enticed three young men, under the age of 18, to send sexually explicit images of themselves to him. The "Jessica Villerra" Facebook account has more than 450 registered "friends," a majority of which are male minors that Facebook indicates are current high school students.
If convicted, Valek faces a max of between 15 and 30 years in prison for each count, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
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