May 082023
 May 8, 2023  Posted by  Breaches, Online, U.S., Youth & Schools

Elizabeth Doran reports:

 A 24-year-old Van Buren man has been accused of extorting Central New York children after he hacked into their social media and stole naked photos of them, police said.

The man targeted kids attending Pine Grove Middle School in the East Syracuse Minoa School district, police said. Police, however, said they believe there are other victims.

Police said they also found thousands of images of infant to pre-teen pornography that they believe he produced with a local child, as well two illegal assault weapons in his home.


The state police released the mug shot of Louis E. Fratangelo Jr., because they believe he may have traveled to contact or meet children and preteens in the Syracuse area. The NYS Police press release, Van Buren Man Arrested on Multiple Sex Offense Charges following a joint investigation with Manlius Police and FBI,  can be accessed here.


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