By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A New York City man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for sexually extorting an 11-year-old Arizona girl he enticed using internet chat rooms.

A federal judge in Tucson sentenced 21-year-old Steven Antepara on Monday. He had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona says Antepara met the girl in an online chat room. He coerced her to photograph herself in sexually explicit poses and send him the photos. He then threatened to post the girl’s images online unless she sent him more pictures and participated in explicit web chats using Skype.

Antepara used the same tactics to get other girls to send him explicit photos and investigators found hundreds of child pornography images on his computer.

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